Graeme Murty: Rangers appoint interim boss as manager for rest of season

Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty will stay in the role until the end of the season
Murty enjoyed back-to-back victories over Aberdeen but has lost two matches at Ibrox

Interim boss Graeme Murty has been appointed Rangers manager until the end of the season.

Murty was put in charge of the first team following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in late October, having also been interim manager earlier in 2017.

Over the past nine games, Murty has overseen six wins and three defeats. Rangers are third in the Premiership.

Graeme Murty: Rangers appoint interim boss as manager for rest of season
Graeme Murty: Rangers appoint interim boss as manager for rest of season

“It’s a genuine privilege for me to be manager until the end of the season,” Murty, 43, told the Rangers website.

“It’s a huge honour to be asked to do so and I will continue to give everything I have to ensure we have a positive second half of the campaign. There is still so much to play for and we cannot let our fans down.

“They have been incredible. They have given me so much great support during my two spells in the dugout and I would like to thank everyone for their backing. I would also like to thank the board for showing faith in me and I will work tirelessly with the players and coaching staff in order to improve our league position and be successful in the Scottish Cup.”

Rangers players
Rangers trail second-placed Aberdeen by three points and leaders Celtic by eight

The decision to continue with Murty, who had been development squad head coach, follows Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes’ decision to stay at Pittodrie following interest from Rangers.

Rangers say Murty “will have the final say on which additions will be made during the January transfer window” and he “will be bringing in additional support”.

The former Scotland and Reading defender was first placed in charge at Ibrox following Mark Warburton’s departure in February.

He won three games, lost two and drew the other at Celtic Park before handing the reins on to Caixinha, who was unable to win three successive fixtures during his seven months as manager.

Murty has won four on the trot in recent weeks but Rangers lost their most recent match, 3-1 at home to St Johnstone.

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Highlights: Rangers 1-3 St Johnstone

Managing director Stewart Robertson said: “Graeme has shown he has the qualities and desire to take charge of the first team and he will have full control of first-team affairs between now and the end of the season.

“He has a first-class attitude and has secured favourable results against our nearest rivals in recent weeks. He deserves this chance to make an impact in the second half of 2017-18.”

And director of football Mark Allen added: “Graeme will have the final say in player recruitment in January and an input into the type of players required next summer.”

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