As reported by The Daily Mail, Rangers legend and former manager Ally McCoist has urged the club not to judge Graeme Murty on this Sunday’s clash with Celtic in isolation.
The pressure on Murty has been growing over the last couple of months with defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock damaging his credibility to lead the club forward in the long-term.
With their last chance of silverware on the line this Sunday, defeat could be the last straw for many as fans look for a manager with more experience to attempt to bring success the club.
However, former manager Ally McCoist believes judging him on the semi-final alone would be unfair.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, he said:
The feeling seems to be that it’s a defining game, and that’s not necessarily correct in my opinion.
I think you have to take a step back and look at it. Celtic are the best team in the country at present. A lot of people would expect them to win the game regardless.
It’s probably true that if Graeme manages to win he stands a better chance of getting the job. But it would be wrong, in my opinion, to judge the man over one game.
Any fair-minded person would look at his overall performance which I think has been good. His signings have been good, there has certainly been an improvement in terms of performances although, at Rangers, you are only ever one game away from a crisis.
The reality is though that Murty’s job IS on the line given the nature of the clash.
Heading into Sunday’s semi-final, Murty probably hasn’t quite done enough to convince Rangers fans he is the man to move the club forward next season, which is why the match against Celtic is so pivotal.
Lose that and the arguments for him staying on are rather thin, beyond a six game winning streak that thrilled supporters in February and March.
McCoist mentions signings but chairman Dave King made it clear in his statement to fans earlier this week that credit for the positive January transfer window must go to Director of Football Mark Allen.
Beat Celtic on though and Murty will be a hero and the calls for him to remain will likely increase again.