Rangers supporters have been angry and frustrated in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second successive Scottish Premiership defeat against Dundee on Friday night, while the club’s search for a new manager doesn’t appear to be reaching any sort of conclusion.
Pedro Caixinha was relieved of his duties back on October 26 after overseeing a sluggish start to the campaign, which included a humiliating defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in qualification for the Europa League. Former Reading and Southampton defender Graeme Murty has since taken caretaker charge, and although he won his opening two games in charge, he has since suffered losses at the hands of Hamilton and Dundee to see the Gers fall nine points adrift of leaders Celtic, despite playing a game more.
Consequently, there have been many restless Rangers fans in the Tavern over the last few weeks, and they are likely to be intrigued by recent reports from The Scottish Herald, which imply that the club’s search for a new manager is unlikely to be resolved ahead of their two meetings with Aberdeen this week.
The Dons, currently managed by Rangers target Derek McInnes before he ruled himself out moving from Pittodrie last week, sit second and just three points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, and visit Ibrox on Wednesday night before hosting Murty’s men on Sunday.
And reports suggest that the managerial situation at Rangers won’t be resolved in the coming days as 43-year-old Murty is reportedly set to lead the side in their double-header with Aberdeen, with the former right-back seeking to get back to winning ways after successive league losses.
Yet, this news is likely to further frustrate our resident Gers fans, as their club’s search for a new manager looks set to continue into December.
Landlord’s verdict: Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty did a decent job of steadying the ship at Ibrox with victories in his first two games in charge, but things have since taken a turn for the worse.
The Gers have suffered successive defeats against Hamilton and Dundee to further underline the immense issues at the Scottish giants, yet they appear no nearer to appointing a new manager as reports suggest that Murty will remain in charge of their two clashes against Aberdeen on Wednesday and Sunday.
Thus, the Rangers board are likely to come under increasing fire for the time taken to make a decision, whether it’s the decision to give Murty the job until the end of the season, or to bring a new man in.
And it’s fair to say that, although the uncertainty shouldn’t be used as an excuse for their on-field struggles, it’s certainly not helping.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!