Should Graeme Murty be appointed full time boss?
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Should Graeme Murty be appointed full time boss?

With the Old Firm on Sunday, it got me thinking what would Graeme Murty need to do to get the permanent job at Ibrox?

His Record so far

In his second term as manager Murty has picked up 40 points out of a possible 57 and has lost five games as boss to Hibernian, St Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Hamilton Accies and Dundee. Over his two stints as caretaker manager, he’s unbeaten against Celtic with both draws coming at Parkhead. If we were to beat Brendan Rodgers’ men at Ibrox on Sunday then we have a title race on as the points gap will narrow to six points.

After last week’s demolition of Falkirk at Ibrox this makes Murty unbeaten in the Scottish Cup with victories over Greenock Morton, Hamilton, Fraserburgh, Ayr United and Falkirk, with Celtic in the next round.

January Signings

After much criticism of Caixinha’s summer deals, Murty looked closer to home to make some mid-season improvements. The interim boss’ first signing was to make Declan John’s loan move permanent, this was just before the window; this was the start of a busy window for us. Despite most of the transfers being loans, permanent deals look likely for Jason Cummings who has what is believed to be a £600,000 buy-out clause and Jamie Murphy is set to make his switch to Glasgow from the South Coast permanent in the summer. Not only that, Murty signed boyhood Rangers fan Greg Docherty from Martin Canning’s Accies for just over half a million pounds, and what I’ve seen of him so far he’s looked a steal.

Defensive Record

In his 19 games at the helm, Graeme Murty’s defence has only conceded 20 goals, that’s just over 1 goal per game (1.05 goals per game). That may sound poor but consider this against Caixinha’s goal per game record that equates to 1.2 in his second season at Ibrox. This bearing in mind that Murty has had more injuries in defence including McCrorie and Alves who have both had long-term injuries, not including left-back Lee Wallace and Danny Wilson’s departure.

So overall, should Murty actually be appointed?

Well, it depends on a few factors for me:

  1. He needs to beat Celtic
  2. He needs to give the board something they cannot give him the job for, eg. the Scottish Cup
  3. To show massive progress in the SPL, in other words, he needs to close the gap on Celtic and maybe go unbeaten for the rest of the season

If Murty does lift the Scottish Cup then it’s impossible to not give him a chance to lead the team on a full time basis, to be fair if he shows real progress in terms of the league it’s going to be hard to look past him.

There’s been rumours that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has hinted a return to Britain and let’s face it, he’s not Guardiola but he’s a household name and would be a great appointment; the Rangers job is a massive job and he probably won’t get a job in the EPL after his last season at Everton. Other names thrown about have been Frank de Boer, of course our ex player, he’s still looking for a job after being axed by Palace.

Let me know your thoughts whether Graeme Murty should be appointed on a full time basis, you can do this on Twitter with me @ethan_thoburn