Friday, 22 May 2015

Andy Murdoch - a true Ibrox success story



The Kenny McDowall regime was…forgettable, it is safe to say.

The man did not want to be manager in the first place, and was about as reluctant a boss as Scottish football has maybe ever seen. But there is one outstanding legacy from his brief reign at the Marble Staircase, and that legacy is the rise of young Andrew Murdoch.

Few knew of him when McDowall hauled Ian Black off during a forgettable night at Ibrox and replaced him with the youth from Murray Park, but in that brief cameo against Raith Rovers, Murdoch asserted himself as not only first-team squad material, but starter.

McDowall did not play him every match, but he did the majority, and Murdoch’s pearler against, again, Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park when he zinged one in from 20 yards cemented his place.

Under McCall he has been ever-present, bar the former Motherwell manager’s debut match v Livvie.

Murdoch is not the biggest player Rangers have ever had, but despite his height disadvantage he has been excellent in the defensive midfield role, most recently highlighted at Palmerston Park where McCall assigned him to nullify Danny Carmichael and the creative spark from the Doonhamers was doused almost completely.

Murdoch was MoTM for that.

And then on Wednesday v Hibs he saved Rangers’ backsides more than once by covering back and tracking runs others had missed – remarkable football intelligence for a mere 20-year old.

Murdoch is not a headline-grabber (except when he is scoring long-range piledrivers) but he is the kind of player every team needs – he does the dirty, unglamorous work that allows the likes of Vuckic and Miller to concentrate on the offensive duties.

Murdoch’s influence often goes completely unseen and unpraised, but he has had as much impact on this Rangers first team as Lewis Macleod did before his departure.

It might not be pretty, what you do Andy – but it is incredibly effective and I believe  I speak for us all when I say thank you for it every step of the way.

3 comments:

  1. I agree I think he has the football brain to be a great player ,one thing I see he is a little bit slow at getting back at times but I am sure through experience he will get better.WATP.

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  2. Looks like a find. Here's hoping he is joined by another couple of youngsters and some experienced pros.
    We need to change half of our current team if we are to prosper in the SPL

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  3. I think any draw backs i have seen concerning Andy is just his size , he gets outpaced at times ( basically because a fast big yin will always beat a fast wee yin ) , other than that the boy has done very well indeed . As he gets older and smarter , he will find ways to help counteract his size .......... i wish him a long and successful Rangers career .

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