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19th Apr, 2018 | 3:28pm

'Very difficult situation' - Warburton makes claim about Rangers senior man position

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton thinks Graeme Murty is in a “very difficult situation” as Gers boss after the 4-0 Scottish Cup humiliation at the hands of Celtic and the bust-up with senior stars Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller.

Warburton hired the former Scotland international as Under-20s head coach at Ibrox in August 2016 before being Murty took over from Warburton on an interim basis following his resignation six months later.

The former Brentford and Nottingham Forest boss claims that before last weekend’s Scottish Cup clash with Celtic he had received “very positive reports” on senior man Murty’s progress in the hotseat in his second stint in charge.

“Up until Sunday I read very positive reports,” Warburton told TalkSport‘s Jim White, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“For a young manager to be put in a difficult situation I think he has responded very well.

“But it is a very difficult situation for Graeme now.

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“It’s a big club, a huge club, and he knows the responsibility he has been given and I think he has put forward his best job and worked hard over the past few months.”

The Gers are 13 points behind their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership as they go into the final games of the campaign.

Murty’s side welcome Hearts to Ibrox on Sunday as they look o open up a gap on Aberdeen and Hibs in the table.

Football Insider verdict:

Managing Rangers probably hasn’t been an easy situation for any manager over the last five or six years. The club has been an absolute basket case and his recently reverted to type. Murty has done well but it has completely fallen apart in the last few weeks following the 3-2 defeat by Celtic at Ibrox as the Gers’ title and then Scottish Cup hopes went up in flames. With five games left in the season, the Gers need to get back to winning ways immediately if they are to secure second in the table ahead of Aberdeen and Hibs.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Souness has revealed how Light Blues completed £250,000 new signing on private jet in Paris in the middle of the night.

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