Former Royal discusses possibility of Rangers' Graeme Murty taking over at Reading

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.

Could former Reading captain Murty be interested in leaving Scottish Premiership giants Rangers to replace Paul Clement at the Championship strugglers?

Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers looks on prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With Reading on the lookout for a new manager after the sacking of Paul Clement last week, it seemed only a matter of time before Graeme Murty’s name cropped up.

44-year-old Murty is a club legend after all, making almost 350 appearances for The Royals between 1998 and 2008 and also captaining the club on countless occasions.

These days, the 44-year-old is the U20 coach of Rangers and spent time in charge of the first-team last season, only to be swept back behind the curtain once Steven Gerrard took over at Ibrox in May.

 

And, speaking on BBC Radio Berkshire (11 December, 11am), former Reading hero Kevin Dillon has backed Murty to return to the Madejski as manager – believing that he should seize the chance to turn his back on Rangers.

“The supporters need to have an affinity with the new manager I’d say. It might be somebody who’s involved already,” Dillon said.

“I don’t know if Alan Pardew is interested, Phil Parkinson is having a few problems at Bolton and Graeme Murty, he's been treated terribly at Rangers but he is back there now.

Graeme Murty of Reading passes the ball during the Premiership football match against West Ham at Madejski Stadium in Reading, 1 September 2007. AFP PHOTO

“Most of the managers over the last seven or eight years have had an association with the club.”

It remains to be seen whether Murty would be interested in replacing Clement at the Championship strugglers. The former right-back seems to relish working with youngsters and his Rangers U20 side have been earning rave reviews for much of the season.

The Mirror (live blog, 10.17pm) reported last week that former Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce was due to be offered the Reading job.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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