RANGERS’ preparations for Friday’s game against Inverness must be a joint effort according to Graeme Murty.
The caretaker boss says he is learning from his squad as much as he is learning from them but the 42-year-old admits he is still assessing whether he would like to manage at first-team level full time.
Murty will take charge of his third Gers game tomorrow night and insists focus is solely on the task in hand despite the uncertainty around the managerial post at Ibrox with the senior members of the squad helping him out.
He said: “It has to be a joint effort; it can’t just be a voice on the outside telling people what they do wrong.
“It has to be constructive, it has to find a solution and it has to give the players a way forward to actually go and improve and that is what the players have been really good at this week and I thank them for that.
“It is not easy when your peers are as candid as we have been but the players have taken it in the right manner and it has been only and simply to move the club forward.
“I learning from them, I said to them I am taking every opportunity to observe them, watch them and to see what they need.
“I need to make sure that my practice goes up to a level where I can be impactful for them and here is a great opportunity for me to improve my coaching.
“The feeling will be and has been that I am going to take this period to assess whether I am cut out for it or not, I don’t mean technically or tactically I mean in terms of temperament.
“I need to decide if this is an environment I want to work in or if I want to be more of a developmental person but I will take my own time is assessing that. Will I apply? I would doubt it.
“The communication with the board has been even better with the same message. It’s been purely “What can we do to help?” and once again I am grateful for that.
They have not put any timescale or any pressure on me, and the communication I have had from all members of the board has been to “Keep doing what you are doing” and “Can we help you at all?”
“I’m grateful to be in the role, and I will just continue to fulfil this as well as I can.
“If it’s tomorrow it changes or its next week, I will just be trying to be the best for the players as I said at the start, it’s not about me – it’s about making sure the players have what they need.
“The group have been quite open and candid and said they wanted to finish second because we want to do as well as we possibly can.
“In the time it takes to sort the long-term out, we can’t lose focus on what is immediately in front of us, and the thing that is immediately in front of us is preparing for a game on Friday.”
Clint Hill will miss the trip to the Highlands after a head knock forced him off after 13 minutes against Dundee on Sunday.
But Jon Toral could feature after he recovered from the illness which kept him out of Murty’s plans last weekend.
Murty continued: “Jon Toral trained today (Wednesday) so he is fit and available for selection.
“The medical staff are looking at Clint as a whiplash type of injury because of the mechanism of it so we are just taking it day by day with him.
“We don’t want to rush him and we want to make sure we do everything that is sound and ethical and take care of him. I would expect him to be out for this weekend.”