GRAEME Murty believes his players can make it impossible for Rangers not to keep him on as manager – by continuing their stunning run of form and winning every remaining game this season.

Development squad coach Murty was put in charge of the Ibrox first team until the end of the 2017/18 campaign back in December.

His side have moved into second spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership and booked a place in the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup since then.

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However, the 43-year-old knows his side, who are scheduled to play Falkirk in the last eight of the cup tomorrow, need to extend their five game winning run for him to get kept on beyond the summer.

“I don’t expect to have a conversation until right at the end of the season when we hopefully will have achieved something,” he said.

“We have achieved nothing now. We have made good steps and we have made a good start, but we need to continue.

“We have set the platform to really bounce into the latter half of the season and have positive end to the season. If we do that then maybe a conversation will be due.”

Murty said: “We do that by being brilliant from now until the end of the season. If we win every game between now and the end of the season it will be an interesting conversation.

“But, once again, it’s down to us to make sure this isn’t the highlight of the season. Getting plaudits and pats on the back at the moment is not where we want to be.

“We want to be talking about how excellent we were at the end of the season when we’ve got something to show for our efforts.”

Meanwhile, Murty has revealed the injuries suffered by Declan John and Jamie Murphy are not as bad as first feared and indicated the Rangers duo could be available for the Celtic game on Sunday week.

Left back John missed the Ladbrokes Premiership match against St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Tuesday evening after suffering a groin strain in training at Auchenhowie the day before.

Winger Murphy, meanwhile, limped off with a foot injury towards the end of the 4-1 triumph through in Perth after a robust challenge by Matty Willock that was criticised by Murty.

The former Scotland internationalist yesterday admitted the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Falkirk at Ibrox tomorrow may come too soon for both players.

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But he revealed the feedback Rangers medical staff had received back had been encouraging and stressed that missing the match against the Ladbrokes Championship club would not rule John and Murphy out of the Premiership game with their city rivals a week later.

“Neither of them have trained as they are being assessed currently,” he said. “But both of them are positive and I want them involved as soon as possible.

“We’ll take medical advice on them both because we obviously have some big games coming up that we want to project them towards.

“Both have been checked out, we are just waiting for word back from the consultant, but we are hopeful we will get a positive prognosis on both. Potentially, Sunday might be too soon for them, but I wouldn’t rule it out just yet.”

Murty continued: “I know Jamie hasn’t played a lot of football before he came here, but he is naturally very fit and Declan is a pretty robust character too.

“Even if they didn’t make Sunday I wouldn’t think they would lose too much before the Celtic game. But we need to take care of Falkirk first before we can look towards Celtic the week after.”

Lee Wallace, who has been out of action since suffering a groin injury in a game against Partick Thistle at Firhill in September and undergoing surgery, has returned to full training and could make his comeback against Falkirk.

But Murty praised Andy Halliday for how he had performed in the role against St Johnstone and admitted that if Wallace wasn’t involved against Paul Hartley’s side he wouldn't feature in the Old Firm game.

“Lee had a bit of a magical mystery tour to get here, but he did manage to get in and he trained with the squad,” he said. “We will look at what we need for Sunday and take that into account as to whether we need him or not.

“If you’re looking ahead to the Celtic game then you would think he would have to feature at some stage against Falkirk with that in mind. He needs game time against Falkirk for sure.

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“But it would be remiss not to mention Andy Halliday. He came in on Tuesday night at Perth and sacrificed himself for the team. Left back is not his position, he doesn’t play it very often yet he did a very good job for us against St Johnstone.

“He’s left-footed and he’s mobile and that’s why he played against St Johnstone. I thought he took one for the good of the team, he did not a bad job too.”

Elsewhere, Murty stressed he was relaxed during the final hours of the Chinese transfer window on Wednesday – even though there was a possibility that Beijing Renhe could table an acceptable bid for his leading scorer Alfredo Morelos.

Morelos, who took his tally for the season to 17 with a goal in the 4-1 win over St Johnstone on Tuesday evening, will remain at Rangers for the foreseeable and is one of several players in talks with the Ibrox club about extending his contract.

But the Columbian’s manager admitted the form that his side have displayed in recent weeks could lead to clubs making offers for them during the summer.

“I can’t control what they are going to do,” he said. “I can’t control the amount of money those guys are going to spend. And the money is extraordinary at times.

“It’s just something you have to be prepared for. I’ve got no doubt come the summer there will be people looking at our team if we excel between now and then. They’ll be looking to raid it.

“That’s just the nature of the beast. We have to be prepared for it. There’s no point in bemoaning it. If people are looking at our lads, that will be because they’ve done really well. It won’t just be one player. It will be a few. But talks are ongoing with multiple people.

Meanwhile, Murty has insisted there has been no fall-out with Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway over midfielder Sean Goss.

He suggested on Monday that he would like to extend Goss’s stay at Ibrox after his loan deal expires in the summer – something that has provoked a furious reaction from his Loftus Road opposite number Holloway.

But Murty confirmed that Rangers director of football Mark Allen had spoken to his QPR counterpart Les Ferdinand and there was no issue between the clubs.

“Mark’s spoken to Les,” he said. “We understand the situation. Sean is a QPR player. Les has told me in no uncertain terms he’s going back to QPR.

“We understand that situation. What’s happening currently is the loan deal is working well for both parties. It’s working for us because we have a player playing really well.”