Interim chairman Paul Murray in no rush to appoint a new manager at Rangers

Paul Murray, Dave King and John Gilligan during Friday's press conference
Paul Murray, Dave King and John Gilligan during Friday's press conference

Rangers’ new interim chairman Paul Murray insists the Ibrox side will not rush the appointment of Ally McCoist’s replacement as boss.

The former Blue Knight was voted onto the Gers board on Friday following Dave King’s boardroom coup at the club EGM.

Murray, however, will take King’s place as chairman while the Johannesburg-based businessman fights to prove he is fit and proper.

The 50-year-old ex-Deutsche Bank executive’s next task though is to sit down with his fellow new directors John Gilligan and Douglas Park to draw up a list of candidates to manage the team.

McCoist is currently on garden leave after being axed by outgoing chief executive Derek Llambias in December, while caretaker Kenny McDowall has also handed in his notice.

But Murray said: “You have to remember there have only been 13 men in the history of Rangers to have held that position, so it is really important.

“We are laying the foundations for a long-term project so getting the appointment of a first-team manager is a critical decision.

“We are not going to rush into it. Now that we have got this (EGM) out of the way today, I’m sure people will be approaching us and people have been.

“But until we got this out of the way we didn’t have any mandate to speak to anyone. We will continue this process. We will have to sit down with Ally and Kenny and have that conversation.

“But as for the new manager, we will take our time and get it right.”

King says it could cost Rangers more than £20million just to halt the current rate of decline - but has promised to give whoever gets the manager’s job a £10million transfer budget.

And Murray refused to count out McCoist being the man to spend it.

“There is always a place for Ally in terms of his status at the club,” he said.

“But as manager? We need to sit down with him and see what his plans are.”

Meanwhile, on the pitch Rangers boss McDowall insists Kris Boyd can still be the man who fires the Light Blues to promotion.

The former Scotland striker admitted last week that his second Ibrox stint had been a “failure”.

Boyd is Gers’ joint top scorer with 10 goals but just three have come in Scottish Championship action and the 31-year-old has looked nothing like the player who blasted 22 goals in the top flight for Kilmarnock just a year ago.

But McDowall believes the hitman can still rediscover his lethal touch around the penalty box and provide the goals that secure Rangers’ Premiership return.

Asked if Boyd – out of contract in the summer – still had a part to play for the Glasgow giants this term in light of his startling admission, the caretaker manager said: “Absolutely. Everybody in that squad does. There is still a lot of football to be played.

“Kris has been frustrated and it’s big of him to come out and say that about himself.

“But he knows there are still games to be played. If there is anyone capable of getting goals in the pressure situation of the run it, it’s Kris Boyd.”

Rangers take on Cowdenbeath today, and McDowall expects a tough clash.

“It’s a difficult venue to go to. I don’t need to highlight what happened to them last week but I know Jimmy Nicholl very well and I know he’ll be hurting. That makes it a dangerous game in itself,” the Gers boss added.