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‘I’VE STILL GOT A LOT TO OFFER,’ MURTY

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UNDER-PRESSURE Graeme Murty insists he would think about quitting as Rangers boss if he thought he was to blame for the faltering club’s problems.

He is set to take charge of the first of five games left in charge when Craig Levein brings his Hearts outfit to Ibrox tomorrow.

Murty and the club have been in turmoil since Sunday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final walloping from Celtic with club captain Lee Wallace and veteran skipper Kenny Miller both suspended indefinitely after a dressing room bust-up.

The caretaker gaffer, 43, said: “If I thought it would become detrimental to the team for me to stay then we’d have a different conversation.

“We have to do what’s right for the football club. The football club is better than any one person and I’m an employee of the football club. But at the moment I still feel as if I’ve got a lot to offer.

“We’ve shown with the way the team has played recently and the results we’ve managed to get, and the position we’ve managed to get to in the league, that I’ve got lots to offer.

“I was brought in with the remit to stabilise, help us start to move forward and leave the team in a better place which I inherited it in and I still believe I can do that.

“I love this place and want to see it to do well. I want to see us continue to improve and get better and if I feel I can still do that then I’ll put myself forward and if that means I’m the person getting flak then I’ve got broad shoulders.

“Have I spoken to Dave King? No. But I have had conversations with a few of the directors. I’ve been for a coffee, a sitdown and a chat. I also have the Director of Football in the office next door to me.

“They’re asking me if I’m okay, asking what I need – and it’s greatly appreciated. It’s been a difficult week.”

Asked when he will know if he is being detrimental, Murty answered: “You’ll know by the atmosphere in training. You’ll know by the results and general daily practices.

“We’ve had four games with Celtic since I’ve been in charge. The last game is the only one when we didn’t lay a glove on them and haven’t competed.

“In the three games that we did, there was a formula, an intensity and a work-rate about us that caused them problems.

“So, I’m confident this team can, on any given day, compete with the best in the country.

“I still believe that. I will never stop believing that. We didn’t last week and it’s raw. It’s absolutely burning me up.

“But the way to get past I’ve always found is to get out there and smash it as hard as you can and get ready for the next game.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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