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Managing Rangers is truly unique, says Murty as he prepares for exit

 

By Andy Newport

Graeme Murty is unsure if he will pursue his managerial ambitions away from Rangers - because nothing compares to working at Ibrox.

The Light Blues caretaker boss is expected to take charge of the team for the final time when they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie tomorrow.

He was placed in temporary charge after Pedro Caixinha was sacked five weeks ago.

But chairman Dave King is finally ready to make his move for a new boss, perhaps as early as Monday.

The Ibrox squad have not been short on praise for the way Murty had handled his latest stint in the Rangers hotseat and he admits he has considered making the full-time step up to first-team affairs.

But the former Reading defender says he would only walk away from Rangers if he could find a club that matches the emotional bond he has built up since joining the club's academy 18 months ago.

"It's possibly increased my count of grey hairs," Murty said, as he joked when asked if his latest stint in charge had whetted his appetite for the permanent job.

"But as for management, I don't know where I could go that would give me the same feeling that this place does.

"Nothing compares to this place because it is singular. It's out there on its own, so I don't have to compare other clubs on the scale. I just have to compare the feeling I get when I walk through the door.

"That's something I will have to take away and consider with my family in the future.

"At the moment, I'm just concentrating on the day-to-day because I have noticed people getting lost in the speculation. I can't afford to do that."

Murty, who also took up the caretaker duties after Mark Warburton's departure last season, has experienced mixed results this time.

His reign started with victories over Hearts and Partick Thistle before back-to-back defeats against Hamilton and Dundee ended his chances of landing the post. However, Wednesday's impressive 3-0 win over Aberdeen has raised spirits.

Another victory over Aberdeen would take Rangers level on points with the second-placed Dons, whose boss Derek McInnes is seen by many as a front-runner for the Ibrox vacancy.

Murty said: "If I walk out the door on Sunday with it having been my last match I'll take the lessons from it and take them forward."

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