Rangers supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team go down 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock last weekend to suffer a second consecutive Scottish Premiership defeat.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their meeting with Killy having lost 3-2 at home to Old Firm rivals Celtic the week before, a result which all but ended their slim title chances. Thus, our resident Gers fans were looking for a response from their side in their bid to seal second place in the table, but the Light Blues were nowhere near their best in Glasgow on Saturday, and Steve Clarke’s visitors deservedly secured all three points thanks to Kris Boyd’s strike nine minutes into the second half, thus inflicting a seventh home league loss of the campaign on Murty’s side.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed and downbeat Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways after the international break when they travel to Motherwell.
And much of the talk among Gers supporters in the Tavern this week has been regarding the future of manager Murty, yet several of those Light Blues fans lining up at the bar want the club to back the Scot come the summer.
Ultimately, the former Reading and Southampton defender has steadied the ship brilliantly following the turbulent reign of Pedro Caixinha, to the point that there was an outside chance that Rangers could land the Scottish Premiership title this season.
The 43-year-old appears to have given the players much belief to go out and perform on the pitch, and while there have been some disappointing results during his tenure, they may well be indicative of where Rangers are at as opposed to purely down to Murty.
Yes, the manner of their defeats against Celtic and Kilmarnock, both of which coming at Ibrox which has been a tough place for the Gers this term, was disappointing, but it shouldn’t detract greatly from the fine work Murty has done since taking over from Caixinha back in October.
It was chaotic at Ibrox earlier this term, what with Caixinha’s side dumped out of Europe by little-known Progres Niederkorn amongst other things, yet that simply isn’t the case anymore – Rangers are slowly but surely making their way back to the summit of the division. Remember, the Gers finished a staggering 39 points adrift of Celtic last season.
Murty has masterminded three key victories over Aberdeen in the race for second place in the division, and while many Rangers fans will want to be challenging for top spot, one cannot run before they can walk. And getting the better of a Dons side who finished above them last term is a step in the right direction.
And following a hugely encouraging transfer window, in which Murty helped land several shrewd additions, he deserves the opportunity to take that side into a new season. And with another summer of backing, be it bringing players in or moving dead-wood on, things could get better again next season.
Ultimately, Murty has without doubt warranted the opportunity to retain the support of the club’s hierarchy heading into the summer – the last two results must be looked at, but they shouldn’t have an overall bearing on the wonderful job he has done so far.
Thus, the Rangers board must keep the faith and back the former Scotland international this summer.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!