Injury-plagued ex-Ger pips former Ibrox teammate to top manager’s job – reports
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Injury-plagued ex-Rangers star pips ex-teammate to top manager’s job

Former Rangers defender Ian Murray has been appointed the new manager of Raith Rovers and will replace John McGlynn at Starks Park.

Murray, 41, joins the Scottish Championship side after impressing during a four-year stint with Airdrieonians where he repeatedly threatened to get out of League One.

The ex-Hibs, Alloa and Norwich City star guided the Diamonds to the Championship promotion playoff two years on the bounce but twice fell at this hurdle.

Speaking after the deal was announced by Rovers, Ian Murray claims he jumped at the chance to work in the Scottish second tier and that he’s excited for challenge.

“The chance to come back in the Championship was hugely appealing for me,” said Ian Murray [RRFC].

“Football’s a funny game. The disappointment I felt this time last week after losing a play-off final and then now to be looking forward to a Championship season, albeit at a new club, is exciting for myself.

“It’s been a long journey back. Sometimes the knocks make you stronger – you deal with things differently, you gain experience and you learn from mistakes.

“I’m really looking forward to trying out my methods at a new football club that is receptive to what I was suggesting to them as well.

“I genuinely feel it will help Raith Rovers in the short-term and also in the medium term.”

This is Murray’s fourth job as a manager, having also been the boss at Dumbarton and St Mirren.

Ex-Rangers star Ian Murray appointed at Raith Rovers

Ian Murray spent two injury-plagued seasons at Rangers after controversially joining the Ibrox club from Hibs on a pre-contract in 2005.

Despite the fanfare, the versatile defender failed to really get his Ibrox career up and running and Murray was eventually diagnosed with a form of arthritis.

Interestingly, the appointment of Ian Murray at Raith Rovers comes with another ex-Rangers star in Kevin Thomson being linked to the role.

Thommo, 37, guided Kelty Hearts to League One promotion at the first time of asking last season and was named League Two Manager of the Year.

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Ian Murray spent six months as a Rangers teammate of Kevin Thomson following the midfielder’s January move in 2007 and the two would’ve already been well acquainted from their time at Hibs.

According to the Daily Record, Kevin Thomson pulled out of the running to be Raith Rovers boss as they closed in on Ian Murray.

Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly set to welcome Europa League opposition to Ibrox as part of their pre-season preparations.

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