RANGERS have snapped up Hearts' women's coach Kevin Murphy.

Murphy, who played a key role in integrating Hearts Women into the club, moves to Rangers to become the women’s side’s first team assistant coach and girls academy manager.

He returns to Ibrox having managed Rangers Women a number of years ago and has also had stints with the Scotland national team at U17 and U19 level.

Murphy commented on the announcement saying: “I am delighted to rejoin Rangers and look forward to getting started. I was really impressed by the one-club vision outlined by Craig Mulholland, Amy McDonald and Malky Thomson which aims to make Rangers the leading Women’s club in Scotland.

"I was excited by the aspirational vision and the relentless way that Rangers are going about achieving excellence in the Women’s game, a first in Scotland and something I simply couldn’t turn down.

“The chance to work with the top international players now in Rangers’ first-team in a full-time professional environment, and also the challenge of producing players who can force their way into a team at the level it has now become, is fantastic. I can’t wait to get started.”