Rangers may soon have no option but to keep Graeme Murty in charge at Ibrox for the foreseeable future. The academy boss has been in caretaker charge since Pedro Caixinha was sacked almost a month ago.
But as it stands, Rangers are no closer to finding a permanent replacement with their top targets slipping away and those who are interested in the job seemingly not in contention.
Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne told the Daily Record on Thursday that Derek McInnes, who was understood to be Rangers’ top target, has committed himself to staying at Pittodrie as he wants to win another trophy with the side he led to the 2014 Scottish League Cup title.
And it now appears unlikely that Michael O’Neill will be in charge at Ibrox either. Per the BBC, Northern Ireland have offered the coach a four-year contract extension to ward off interest from the Scottish national team.
Furthermore, although Gus Poyet, Michel Preud’homme and former Gers defender Henning Berg have all thrown their names into the hat, the Daily Record reports that Rangers want a British manager – seemingly ruling the trio out.
So are all the signs pointing towards a Rangers side running out of options giving the job to Murty until the end of the season? Though he told the Scottish Sun he has not applied for the role, he is popular amongst the players, the fans and the board and recently guided Rangers to three straight wins – something Caixinha couldn’t manage in seven months.
Murty knows the club too and, despite a 2-0 home reverse against Hamilton at the weekend, has overseen a real improvement in performances in recent weeks.
Perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst idea, then, for Rangers to put their faith in Murty.