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Rangers chief gives no guarantees over boss Murty's long-term future

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers chairman Dave King has praised Graeme Murty for stepping into the Ibrox breach - but has given no indication if he will still be boss next season.

Murty was given the reigns until the summer following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in October. But the Light Blues' former Under-20s coach has endured a rollercoaster ride since taking over the first-team, with his side's wild swings in form doing his bid to retain the position long-term few favours.

Victory over bitter foes Celtic in Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown could yet convince King's board he is the man to lead Gers forward.

However, in a statement to fans posted as the club announced their season ticket drive for next season, the chairman could give no guarantee Murty would get that opportunity.

King said: "Over the last year we have made significant strides off the pitch, but the on-pitch progress has not been satisfactory due to unplanned changes to the football management structure and the negative impact this had on the playing staff.

"Graeme Murty was thrust into an extremely difficult situation and continues to provide the stability and progress that we need. Graeme can be proud of what he has achieved so far.

"However, on the managerial front I emphasise that the board recognises the need for sustained stability. Whoever is appointed must be able to meet the unique challenges of managing Rangers and ensuring immediate success.

"It is a priority that we commence next season with the best appointment we can make."

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