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GERS SACK STAND-IN MURTY

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RANGERS have sacked Graeme Murty with three vital Premiership games still to play.

The news emerged this morning the caretaker boss would be leaving the Ibrox club immediately.

Former players Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take charge of the team for Saturday’s visit of Kilmarnock, Tuesday’s trip to Aberdeen and the final day encounter against Neil Lennon’s Hibs at Easter Road a week on Sunday.

The Ibrox outfit are desperately attempting to avoid finishing in fourth place in the Premiership.

At the moment, they are three points adrift of the Pittodrie team and level on 65 with a better goal difference over the Edinburgh side.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been linked with the full-time post recently held by Mark Warburton, until February last year, and Pedro Caixinha, until October.

Murty was thrust into the hot seat on both occasions and, after the Ibrox outfit’s failure to lure Derek McInnes from the Dons, was informed he would have the post until the end of the campaign.

However, the axe fell on the interim gaffer earlier today.

A statement from Ibrox stated: “Graeme Murty has this morning been relieved of his duties as manager of Rangers.

“Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take charge of the team for the three remaining matches of the season.

“Rangers are grateful to Graeme, who did not hesitate when asked last October to become interim manager after the departure of Pedro Caixinha and then, at the turn of the year, when he was offered the role as manager until the end of the season.

“Graeme has had to contend with difficult and challenging circumstances but conducted himself in a thoroughly professional manner. He will take some time to consider his options, which include returning to his role at the Rangers Academy.

“Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson have already started preparing the team for the match against Kilmarnock on Saturday and they will be in place for the two remaining fixtures, against Aberdeen and Hibernian.

“The club hopes to be in a position to comment further on the managerial situation in the near future.”

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has already slammed the Ibrox outfit’s treatment of the caretaker boss he believes was “thrown to the garbage”, as reported in Scotzine yesterday.

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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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