Graeme Murty says chances of permanent Rangers contract won't be defined by result of Ibrox Old Firm

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Murty stepped into the Rangers hotseat on a temporary basis after Pedro Caixinha's Ibrox departure.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Graeme Murty has insisted his future as Rangers manager will not be defined by the outcome of Sunday's Old Firm at Ibrox.

Murty took over as Rangers' caretaker manager after Pedro Caixinha's sacking in late October, and was later handed the reins until the season's end after the Gers were snubbed by number one target Derek McInnes.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is seen during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The former Scotland defender has since won 13 of the 19 Premiership fixtures he has overseen, increasing his chances of landing the gig full time.

It would not be unreasonable to think that a win against Celtic - who Rangers have failed to beat for six years in the league - could seal the deal for Murty.

However, when asked if he agreed with that assessment at a press conference, broadcast via Rangers' official Youtube channel on Friday, the 43-year-old replied: "I wanna see where we finish up. I wanna see the progression we can make until the end of the season.

"I don’t think my chances or anyone else’s chances will be defined by one game. I don’t think I’m selfish enough to look at my own future ahead of the football club or ahead of the players.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

"We have to concentrate on making sure we push forward as a football club and make sure we get closer. We’re in a good moment, we’re moving in the right direction and I will reiterate it’s about all of us being successful together. And my success, or lack of it, will come from what we do between now and the end of the season, not just on Sunday.

"We have to make sure that we accelerate until the end of the season. And if we do that we all have a really good chance of being successful together."

A win for Rangers will see them close the gap on Celtic to three points with eight games left to play, although they have played a game more than the Bhoys.

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