Graeme Murty should keep faith in Rangers' Ross McCrorie despite Hamilton howler

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers defender Ross McCrorie made a notable mistake in the Ibrox side's defeat to Hamilton Academical.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With Rangers suffering defeat at home to Hamilton at the weekend, Graeme Murty is surely facing an uphill battle trying to prove that he deserves to be the Gers' permanent manager.

Murty did his chances of getting the job no harm at all during his first two games in his second spell as caretaker boss, but the Hamilton defeat would have surely had a negative impact on his chances - if he is even being considered for the post on a long-term basis.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Results alone will surely not be enough for Murty to prove a point. Rangers already expect to win most matches they play. So surely if the 43-year-old wants to be considered as a genuine candidate for the post, he needs to prove himself by making some brave decisions while he is in caretaker charge - and one could perhaps present itself ahead of Friday's trip to Dundee.

The easy decision for Murty would be to rest Ross McCrorie for the game after his mistake allowed Hamilton to open the scoring at the weekend when his underhit backpass played David Templeton in. 

Ross McCrorie of Rangers vies with Jack Aitchison of Celtic during The Scottish FA Youth Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Gers have much more experienced defenders available, and keeping faith with McCrorie could perhaps backfire if his confidence has taken a hit following the Accies defeat and he struggles to put the mistake out of his mind against Dundee.

However, if Murty wishes to prove that he is strong enough to handle being the permanent manager at Rangers, picking McCrorie ahead of the likes of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso would surely be the kind of gamble that he needs to start taking. 

The decision may help McCrorie put the mistake behind him and would arguably send out a statement that Murty is willing to make some big calls.

He may not be under consideration for the post perhaps, but if Murty wants the job on a permanent basis, making decisions that are initially scrutinised and questioned may now be exactly what he needs to do to boost his hopes, provided that those brave decisions that are scrutinised prove to be the right ones. 

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