Difficult to see Murty continue long-term as Rangers boss with old problems returning

Speaking on STV’s ‘Peter & Roughie’s Football Show’, former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has stated his belief that interim boss Graeme Murty won’t be in charge of the Ibrox side come the start of next season.

What’s the story?

An impressive burst of form in early 2018 had given Rangers fans hopes things were turning around at the club under the guidance of the U20s coach, but two consecutive defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock have again thrown into doubt his long-term future as manager of the Light Blues.

Now a former club captain has weighed into the debate, believing that Murty won’t be in charge of the team next term.

Speaking on Wednesday’s edition of STV’s ‘Peter & Roughie’s Football Show’, Barry Ferguson said: “At this moment in time if you’re a manager, you’re looking at your recruitment for next season. But nobody knows what’s happening. It’s looking like it’ll be a difficult one to appoint Graeme Murty.”

When asked outright whether he believes Murty will be in the dugout when the new season kicks off, the former Gers midfielder simply said: “No.”

Will Ferguson be proved right with his prediction, or can the under-fire manager turn things around in the closing stages of the season?

Can he possibly stay on?

If Rangers finish second in the Scottish Premiership and win the Scottish Cup, then it would be difficult to argue that Murty should not be kept on as manager for at least another season. That would be a level of success not seen at the club for years and years and give supporters hope they can go on to challenge Celtic next term.

However their chances of doing either are definitely in doubt with a tough semi-final coming up against Celtic and a gauntlet against the top six in the league to follow in the closing stages of the season.

Murty’s main problem has been the same as his immediate predecessors, a failure to maintain consistent home form, and while that continues to be the case it’s hard to see him not being let go come the end of the season.