Stephen Craigan believes Rangers need experienced manager

Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan holds his daughter after playing his last game for the club, at the end of the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Dundee United, at Fir...

Rangers suffered a reality check at Ibrox on Saturday against St. Johnstone, according to Craigan.

Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  Stephen Craigan  of Motherwell celebrates his teams 3-0 victory over St Johnstone at the end of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Motherwell and St...

Former Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan has claimed in BT Sport column that Saturday's loss to St. Johnstone will affect Graeme Murty's chances of becoming the next permanent Rangers manager.

The Gers suffered a 3-1 loss at Ibrox to Tommy Wright's men, with Alfredo Morelos managing to score the Light Blues' only goal. It leaves interim manager Murty with six wins from nine games, since taking over in October.

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The 43-year-old has been given until the new year which will see him remain in charge against Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Celtic, but Craigan questioned the Gers title credentials under the former Reading defender.

Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Craigan called for the Gers to appoint a manager who boasts plenty of experience in order to take the club back to where they need to be, disregarding Murty's claims to take over.

"They may have improved recently but the loss to St Johnstone is a reality check - a surefire sign of how far they are away from being a title-chasing team," Craigan said.

"The question still remains: is Graeme Murty the man to lead the club forward in the short, medium and long term?

"The answer isn’t straightforward but results like Saturday's certainly cast doubt on the interim manager and underline the need for a proven figurehead to lead the club back to where they expect to be."

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.

Rangers now sit way back in third place, five points behind league leaders and bitter rivals Celtic, while Aberdeen sit in second and three points better off after beating Hibernian 4-1 at Pittodrie.

Murty will be looking to improve his chances of getting the job permanently on Saturday, as the Gers travel to Kilmarnock in a lunchtime kick-off.

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