Murty happy to work with Rangers long-term

Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty
Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty

Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty has backed the board’s right to take their time over a long-term appointment and claimed he would ask to be replaced if he felt he could not help the team.

Murty will take charge of his fourth match tomorrow when Rangers host St Johnstone after falling nine points behind second-placed Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership following consecutive defeats by Dundee and Inverness.

The Ibrox board have been interviewing candidates to replace Mark Warburton on a long-term basis but their first appointment looks set to be for a new director of football role.

They hope to confirm that position later this week, with Southampton’s head of scouting and recruitment Ross Wilson understood to be their preferred choice.

A manager could follow relatively quickly but Murty looks likely to be in charge for Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Hamilton, and the following game is away at Celtic on March 12.

“I think we have to respect the club’s wishes and make sure they get it right,” the club’s under-20s coach said.

“If we appoint quickly, and get it wrong, it would be much more damaging. So we have to be respectful of the board’s wishes, to go through their process, do their due diligence, and get the right person in place.

“I’ve been told the process is ongoing.”