Ibrox legend Walter Smith has boldly claimed that Graeme Murty would be considered for the Rangers manager job for after this season if the club beats Celtic on Sunday.
The Light Blues face their Old Firm rivals in what promises to be a pulsating affair at Ibrox this weekend.
Murty’s men can finish the weekend just three points behind the Hoops in the race for the Scottish Premiership title if they finally earn a win against the reigning champions.
Former Rangers manager Smith has admitted that he believes the board at Ibrox are far better suited to decide on a new boss than he is, but he says that Murty must be under consideration.
“Managers are not always great at picking other managers. We should probably leave that to the board members,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But when Graeme took the job he had nothing to lose and it’s the same going into these games.
“If he goes and wins them then why wouldn’t he deserve the job on a full-time basis?
“But between now and the end of the season he’ll have to show that he can handle that aspect of it and the pressure that comes with it.
“If he can handle all these things then why not?”
Football Insider verdict
Even if Murty does not see Rangers beat Celtic this weekend then he should still be the number one man for the job. He has done ever so well since replacing Pedro Caixinha, even though he has never managed a senior side before. If the Gers can finish second and not too far behind the Hoops then Murty should get it. That would show a massive improvement on what Caixinha and Mark Warburton had achieved before him. There have not really been any murmurs of anyone lined up to take the job in the summer, so the board may be seriously considering Murty.