Rangers manager search: David Provan urges Ibrox chief Dave King to make no-brainer appointment

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.

Rangers are still without a new permanent manager following Pedro Caixinha's Ibrox exit.

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.

Pundit Davie Provan has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Rangers should make a 'no-brainer' move and appoint Graeme Murty as boss until the end of the season.

Rangers chose to sack manager Pedro Caixinha back in October after a dismal seven-month spell in charge of the Ibrox club, with fans hoping to see a big appointment in his place.

Subscribe

However, nearly two months on from Caixinha's departure, the Portuguese boss still hasn't been replaced, with Rangers failing in their pursuit of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

Caretaker boss Graeme Murty remains in charge of the club, and the results from his second spell in charge this year have been something of a mixed bag.

A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Big away wins over Aberdeen and Hibernian face showcased what Murty can do, but defeats to Hamilton Academical, Dundee and St Johnstone have been concerning.

Former Scotland international Murty has been working as Rangers' youth coach before stepping in to manage the club on a temporary basis once again, and is expected to return to his role once the Gers make an appointment.

Now though, pundit Davie Provan has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Rangers chief Dave King – who has 'done little right' at Ibrox according to the former Celtic winger – must make a no-brainer decision and appoint Murty until the end of the season.

Provan noted that Rangers can just move on in the summer if Murty isn't up to the challenge, and whilst he looks 'twitchy and uncomfortable' in the job right now, he is getting a tune out of the players.

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.

“Dave King has done little right since taking over at Ibrox — but his next move is a no-brainer,” said Provan. “King should give Graeme Murty until at least the end of the season in the Rangers dugout. It would spare him the possibility of another managerial blunder. With the Ibrox board’s credibility already shot, it makes sense. It would take the heat off them for a while. Worst-case scenario? Murty comes up short and the hunt for a new boss starts again next summer.”

“Football chairmen like to have a big name to sell to supporters, but Gers won’t get one at the moment. The days of Dick Advocaat and Paul le Guen being seduced by Sir David Murray’s chequebook are long gone. The Rangers job carries little prestige right now. For that reason the board had custard on their faces after the botched approach for Derek McInnes. Ten years ago Del would have walked from Aberdeen to Govan for an interview. Not now.”

“Murty looks every inch the rookie. In front of the television cameras, he’s twitchy and uncomfortable. Neither is he the type to have players sitting bolt upright when he walks into the dressing room. You can’t see him giving players the hairdryer treatment. But you can’t argue with the response he’s getting from the dressing room. The wise money should be on King giving Murty the job until the end of the season. It saves the Rangers board having to stick their neck out on another manager. Gers fans are already running out of patience with a board that looks rudderless. All good news for Murty who has to make the most of his big break. Of course, some fans will demand a bigger name. They see Murty as a coach more used to working with kids instead of senior professionals. Worth recalling Brendan Rodgers held that position not so long ago,” he added.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch