Report: Rangers want Graeme Murty and Jonatan Johansson to stay in new manager's setup

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.

Glasgow Rangers are keen for their next manager to keep Jonatan Johansson and Graeme Murty at Ibrox.

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.

According to a report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers' search for their new manager is being somewhat held up by the fact that the Gers want Pedro Caixinha's successor to work with Graeme Murty and Jonatan Johansson.

Rangers parted company with the Portuguese last month, but there appears to have been little progress regarding finding his permanent replacement and it seems a safe bet to suggest that Murty will oversee a fourth game as caretaker boss when the Gers face Dundee on Friday night.

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.

And it appears that one reason for the lack of progress may be down to the backroom team the Scottish Premiership side want to work with the new manager.

The Scottish Sun reports that a number of candidates have been sounded out about taking over from Caixinha, but the board's preference to keep Murty and Johansson as part of the backroom team is holding the pursuit up.

Murty has done well during his two stints as caretaker, and the number of academy prospects pushing for the first-team surely says a lot about the work he has done during his time as under-20s coach. 

Rangers assistant coach Jonatan Johansson is seen prior to the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Meanwhile, Johansson's most notable accomplishment was surely recommending Alfredo Morelos to the club shortly after his arrival, though he may well also be doing some great work behind the scenes. 

However, while Murty and Johansson may be doing some good work and it may be a good move to keep them on when the new manager comes in, the Gers would surely be making a mistake if they let their number one managerial target pass them by because the club are determined to keep Murty and Johansson around.

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