Rangers have sacked manager Graeme Murty with immediate effect after Sunday’s 5-0 humiliating defeat to Celtic in the league.
The 43-year-old was appointed interim manager in October following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha and was placed in charge on a permanent basis until the end of the season following the Ibrox side’s failure to secure the services of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.
But with three games to go in the league as Rangers look to finish second in the league, defeat to Celtic on Sunday saw Aberdeen leapfrog the Glasgow side into second spot and Hibs go level on points with the beleaguered club.
Sunday’s humiliating defeat to Celtic came two weeks after a 4-0 defeat to their city neighbours in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
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Murty had been the club’s Development Squad coach when Caixinha was sacked and was tasked with steadying the ship. It was his second spell as caretaker as he took over the reins when Mark Warburton had been sacked last season.
A statement from Dave King before the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat effectively called time on Murty’s tenure as manager as the South African based businessman and club chairman implied that the former Scotland international would not be in the role beyond the summer.
After the defeat in the cup, rumours of the club being interested in Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard surfaced and heightened in the week running up to the last derby game of the season.
In his pre-match interview, Murty admitted that the build-up and focus on Gerrard had been difficult for him personally, but claimed he wouldn’t give up on the Rangers job.
Sunday’s defeat to Celtic, which also saw Brendan Rodgers’ side lift their seventh title in a row, piled more misery on the Rangers support and on Murty who looked to have been hung out to dry by the club’s hierarchy in the run-up to some do-or-die clashes.
And with Rangers chances of finishing second clearly at risk along with a European place, with games against Aberdeen and Hibs still to come, it looks like the board do not trust Murty to deliver it and have sacked him with immediate effect.
Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take charge of the three remaining league games.