Ex-Rangers academy boss Graeme Murty is being linked with the vacant Sunderland U21s manager job as he looks to get back into football after leaving Ibrox.

The ex-Reading and Scotland right-back has been without a job since leaving a leading Academy role at Ibrox in November 2021.

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But now it appears that the 47-year-old coach could be set to get back into the Beautiful Game amid reports down south that the Black Cats’ youth set-up is calling.

The Sunderland Echo are claiming that the Stadium of Light club are closing in on a deal for Graeme Murty to see him head up the club’s U21 squad.

However, the report stresses that no final decision has been made even if the former Rangers man is the frontrunner to claim the post.

One of English football’s sleeping giants, Sunderland currently play in the English Championship and whilst this job is with the club’s youth set-up, Murty is well versed with what it takes to work at a footballing institution.

Graeme Murty primed for Sunderland post after Rangers exit

Graeme Murty was twice thrust into the limelight at Rangers as he took the management reins in 2017 and 2018 following the exits of Mark Warburton and then Pedro Caixinha.

It was a noble move by the inexperienced manager who took both the flak and the world on his shoulders as Rangers toiled and the intensity of the press increased by the game.

Rangers fans thanked Murty for his service with a special banner at one home match, whilst ex-Ibrox chairman Dave King branded Graeme the club’s “Man of the Year” at the 2018 AGM.

Rangers also released a statement thanking Graeme Murty for his “outstanding service” to the club following his release in 2021.

Gers supporters will be following Graeme Murty’s post-Ibrox career closely as a move to Sunderland seemingly beckons.

But whilst Murty continues to take plaudits from the club, there’s been a deafening silence regarding one ex-player who had an infamous run-in with the club’s former caretaker.

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