As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has discussed the ongoing speculation around the permanent manger’s job at Rangers, believing it’s all rather disrespectful to Graeme Murty.
Murty was given the interim role until the end of the season in the wake of the Pedro Caixinha disaster at Ibrox and speculation has been ramping up in recent weeks about his potential replacement.
Reports this week suggest that Steven Gerrard is the frontrunner and prior to the last derby between Rangers and Celtic, chairman Dave King commented on the fact immediate success must be brought to the club by any new boss.
On Sunday, Rodgers will be opposite Murty in the dugouts at Celtic Park and believes all the speculation could undermine what the interim boss is trying to achieve.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, the former Liverpool man said:
I think it’s hugely disrespectful to the guy who’s been put in to help manage Rangers over the last seven or eight months, or however long it’s been.
You have a guy in the role who is doing his very, very best in what has been probably a very difficult situation for him and you always have to respect that.
I have empathy for him, of course. It’s interesting, the timing of it all.
I feel for him as a coach and as a manager. It can’t be easy when all of that is happening around him.
Becoming interim manager at Ibrox hasn’t exactly been a joyful time for the former U20s coach. He’s had to take on the challenge of competing with Celtic for trophies, with little sympathy given for his lack of experience or knowledge of football management.
At times it’s felt he’s been the fall guy for many of their problems this season, most notably after the recent semi-final defeat to the Hoops when his first team squad revolted against him publicly and in the dressing room.
Constant speculation about his potential replacement can’t have been helpful and it’s clear at this point he doesn’t have the backing of many people at Ibrox.
The club should have waited until the end of the season to consider his position and decide on the path forward, instead of jeopardising his bid to help the Light Blues win the Scottish Cup and finish second in the Scottish Premiership.