Graeme Murty admits that he was staggered to be told that he is in charge of Sevco until the end of the season.
Two months after sacking Pedro Caixinha the Ibrox board are no closer to finding a replacement and have opted to trust Murty rather than continue a wild goose chase to find a successor.
Three weeks ago Murts seemed demob happy when he wished the media pack farewell after winning at Aberdeen but when Derek McInnes said no thanks he found himself in charge for an extended stay.
With no sense of leadership or direction Sevco turned to the former Reading utility man in a bizarre bid to deflect attention away from the Court of Session ruling that Dave King had to provide £11m for an offer to Sevco shareholders.
“I honestly didn’t think I was in the running at all. It’s not something I came here to try and do,” he told The Sun. “It’s not something that was in my mind but I really want to move forward and repay the faith the board have shown me because I’m staggered they have.
“Why? Because of the scale of Rangers, because of the history of the club, because it is real now as well.
“It’s still a little bit surreal to me that a club of this stature would give me this opportunity. There’s no way I could ever have envisaged it. I didn’t think I was under consideration.
“It happened on Thursday night when I went to a meeting at Stewart Robertson’s house. I just thought we would be talking about Rangers and moving forward.
“I didn’t think I’d be on the agenda as an item. It turns out I was, and everything was agreed in an instant. It was really a no-brainer for me.”
Murty will be allowed to appoint a new assistant manager, who is presently out of work, and will oversee the departure of a number of players during the January transfer window.