Graeme Murty is saying the right things. He is, seemingly, influencing the right people. And he is the getting the right results. Well, result…so far, at least. After all, who can argue with his 100 per cent winning record as manager, be it only at present in a temporary position? Joking aside, give some thought to the notion that little more than a week into his caretaker role, the former Scotland defender has emerged as a potential full-time candidate fir the Ibrox job.

The 2-1 William Hill Scottish Cup win over Greenock Morton gives him that “100 per cent” accolade. Now, of course, Murty has to replicate that winning formula when the Light Blues go to Dens Park for the Premiership encounter with Dundee.

Murty was handed the interim manager position as the argument and counter-argument continued with the departed Mark Warburton as to whether he resigned or was axed. The fact remains, however, that one way or another the void existed, and Murty, an ex-Reading and Southampton player who was drafted in to the Gers to coach youngsters, is at the helm.

Managing director Stewart Robertson, who sanctioned the Murty appointment, has gone on the record to state that the boss will be the boss for the forseeable future. That said, exploration continues, it is said, to flesh out the consideration of acquiring a so-called director of football to help.

 

And if this were to be the case and, say, Alex McLeish came in to fulfil that role and Murty started to pick up results and managed to steer the club to second place ahead Aberdeen, would there be a school of thought in the corridors of power along the lines of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

As mentioned, Murty is already growing into the role and this is plain to see by his thoughts on the current situation. And ahead of the Dundee clash, he said:

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“I am just as I was, I am fortunate to be in this position and until I am told differently I will do the job to the best of my ability. What I have said to the players today is I am not going to try to be anyone else. I can’t do it because I would fail them and I would fail myself.

“I have shown them a bit of my personality and my values and if I get replaced tomorrow then I get replaced tomorrow but I couldn’t, hand on heart, do the job without telling the team that first.”

Tine will tell but another win will do Murty’s hopes no harm.

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