Rangers supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side suffer a second successive Scottish Premiership defeat after going down 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with Killy having seen their slim title hopes dashed with a 3-2 loss to Celtic in the Old Firm derby the week before, yet looking for a response in their bid to seal second place in the table. But the Gers 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 condemning the Light Blues to a seventh home league defeat of the season.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed and despondent 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.
Yet much of the discussion among our resident Gers supporters this week has been surrounding the future of manager Murty, with many of the opinion that the former Reading and Southampton defender should be axed come the summer.
Yes, there’s little doubt that the 43-year-old deserves enormous credit for steadying things at Ibrox following the turbulent reign of Pedro Caixinha, to the point that the club were in title contention ahead of last week’s clash with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
Thus, Rangers do appear to be in a better place now than they were when Murty replaced the Portuguese back in October, but the big question is can he take them to the next level in the years to come. And the answer is hugely unclear.
Murty has overseen a pretty disappointing home record in his time as manager, having lost five of his 11 Scottish Premiership matches at Ibrox, with the likes of St Johnstone, Hamilton, Hibernian, Celtic, and of course Kilmarnock coming away with all three points.
And if Rangers are serious about taking the challenge to the Bhoys in the coming years, they simply have to be much stronger at home. Yes, they appear to have the number on third place Aberdeen, having won all three games against them this season, but they cannot afford to slip up against sides lower down the division.
And Murty must shoulder some of the responsibility for that. Clarke’s Kilmarnock came to Ibrox with a game-plan and executed it perfectly, while Celtic were without some key players and were twice behind, only to pull off a victory which all but ends any talk of a famous Rangers title charge.
Ultimately, the last week or so has highlighted to many of our resident Gers fans that, while Murty deserves huge credit for turning things around at Ibrox, there’s a difference between being a short-term fix, and the long-term answer. And Murty only appears to be the former.
As such, the Rangers hierarchy must seek to axe the former right back come the summer in favour of a more long-term appointment.
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