Graeme Murty did such a fine job during his second caretaker spell in charge of Rangers that it feels a little unfair that he will have to wait for another sacking to get his next stab at managing the first-team.
The 43-year-old academy coach stepped up to the breach when Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October and immediately steadied the ship. Defeats against Dundee and Hamilton were concerning but Murty did lead Rangers to three straight wins, something Caixinha never managed in seven months at the helm.
And the popular coach also impressed with his underrated tactical awareness, getting the best out of the enigma that is Carlos Pena while also sealing successive league wins over Aberdeen – whose manager Derek McInnes looks more than more likely to take his place in the Ibrox dugout.
While Murty clearly revels in his role preparing Rangers’ Auchenhowie youngsters for the next step in his career, the former Reading captain has emerged over the last few weeks as one of the brightest coaching prospects in Britain.
So Murty should perhaps give a little more thought to his future plans. The former Scotland international has never managed a team on a full-time basis but his six-week spell on the Ibrox sidelines suggests that he is ready to take the plunge and prove that he can step up from youth coach duties.
But with Rangers set to step up their pursuit of McInnes, as reported by the Scottish Sun, the question needs to be asked; should Murty consider bidding farewell to the Glasgow giants in order to further his own career?