01 May Timeline of Rangers’ campaign
Rangers’ roller-coaster season has taken a fresh twist with the news boss Graeme Murty has been relieved of his duties.
The former academy coach has presided over 29 games – 18 wins, two draws and nine losses – with Sunday’s 5-0 Old Firm defeat the final straw for the Ibrox board.
Here Press Association Sport takes a look back at Gers’ campaign of turmoil.
July – It takes just two games for the alarm bells to sound as Pedro Caixinha’s side are dumped out of the Europa League qualifiers by Luxumbourg minnows Progres Niederkorn.
October – Gers’ Portuguese boss clings on for another four months but defeat to Motherwell in the Betfred Cup semi-final and a midweek Ladbrokes Premiership draw with Kilmarnock eventually cost Caixinha his job.
December – Under-20s boss Graeme Murty steps into the Ibrox breach for the second time as caretaker. He suffers early set-backs with defeats to Hamilton, Dundee, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock but shows some promise with home and away wins over Aberdeen as well as an encouraging 0-0 draw at Celtic Park as he is given the reins until the end of the season.
January – There is relief amongst the Ibrox faithful as flop signing Carlos Pena is sent back to Mexico on loan while reinforcements arrive in the shape of Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings, Greg Docherty, Russell Martin and Sean Goss.
March – Gers march into the third Old Firm clash of the season on a run of 10 wins out of 12 – but talk of a surprise title push is snubbed out as 10-man Celtic fight back for a 3-2 win.
April – With confidence shattered by that Ibrox defeat, the wheels well and truly come off as Rangers suffer a 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final mauling against Celtic. Skipper Lee Wallace and striker Kenny Miller are suspended following a dressing room bust up at Hampden. Bad goes to worse as that drubbing is followed two weeks later by a record 5-0 league defeat at Celtic Park as their bitter rivals celebrate their latest title win.
May – Time is called on Murty’s stint in the Gers hotseat as he his relieved of his duties 48 hours after that Parkhead disaster. Assistant coaches Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson are put in charge of the final three games of the season as Steven Gerrard emerges as the man Gers bosses want to lead them next season.