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Murty sacked from Rangers post, paving way for Gerrard appointment

3:38 PM IST 01/05/18
Graeme Murty, Steven Gerrard
The former defender's tenure as Ibrox boss has come to an abrupt end after losing 5-0 to bitter rivals Celtic on Sunday

Rangers have dismissed manager Graeme Murty in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 battering at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic, paving the way for Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to take over at Ibrox.

The 43-year-old took over from Pedro Caixinha in October 2017 after the Portuguese boss failed to live up to expectations.

Murty, who had been handed the role as caretaker boss for the second time for the Glasgow club, had been appointed full-time manager of the Gers until the end of the season.

With Steven Gerrard having recently agreed a deal to take over from the former Reading defender at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, however, Murty has been relieved of his duties early following Rangers' humiliating loss to their cross-town rivals.

A statement released on Tuesday on the club's official website reads:

"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."