John Hartson claims who may be in charge of Rangers next season, says he has board backing
Former Celtic striker John Hartson claims that the backing the Rangers board have given Graeme Murty means that someone in the boardroom backs the boss – and thinks he could still in the hotseat next season.
Murty looks almost certain to be replaced in the summer when his contract ends after taking the reins following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October.
After getting close to a title challenge with Celtic before last month’s Old Firm defeat at Ibrox, the Gers have imploded in recent weeks culminating in Sunday’s 4-0 capitulation to the Hoops at Hampden.
Hartson thinks Murty could be “stronger than people think” in his role and doesn’t think it is a certainty that he will be replaced in the summer.
“If they’ve sided with Graeme Murty then somebody in the board must like him. Somebody must be backing him,” Hartson said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“Murty has obviously gone to the board of directors and the chairman and said, ‘Look, I want this boy out’. It’s his decisions.
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“That tells me Graeme Murty might not be out in the summer.
“People are saying Rangers are looking for a new manager but he might be stronger there than people think.”
The Gers are thirteen points behind Celtic in the league table and are in a fight with Aberdeen and Hibs to secure second place in the final five games of the campaign.
Murty’s side return to action on Sunday when they welcome Hearts to Ibrox although the Gers are likely to be in for a tought afternoon with the fans still furious over the Celtic result and mess that has followed.
Football Insider verdict:
Reason and logic would dictate that Murty will be gone in the summer but over the last few years, reason and logic can’t always be applied to decisions made at Ibrox. As someone who is a fan of Murty and has a lot of respect for him it is a shame to see how it has gone for him but there’s no room for sentimentality when you’re getting close to Celtic doing ten-in-a-row and Rangers becoming just another Scottish club – albeit one with a huge fanbase. If Hartson proves to be right and Murty isn’t replaced, there could be real problems for the Gers board very soon.