Graeme Murty admits he will be held accountable if Rangers crash against Dundee – but insists he is not feeling the pressure of bossing the Ibrox outfit.
The Gers caretaker will remain in charge for Sunday’s trip to Dens Park after he was asked to take the wheel following Mark Warburton’s surprise exit.
The Under-20s coach’s first act was to oversee the Light Blues as they scraped passed Morton to book a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final slot.
But there will be Ladbrokes Premiership points at stake when they travel east to Tayside this weekend.
With Aberdeen now three points clear in second, defeat would further dent any ambitions of finishing runners-up to rampant leaders Celtic.
Former Reading defender Murty knows just how drastic the consequences are for the club but says he is ready to deal with whatever comes his way.
“Pressure comes when you acknowledge the possibility of failure,” he said as he met the media. “What do you guys think failure is for me and my role?
“It’s different when it’s a permanent manager. The only failure that I can see is not being impactful on the players.
“I’m not looking three or four months down the line. I’m just looking at making sure the players walk out onto the pitch clear of negative thoughts and ready to be excellent. That’s all.
“There are consequences for the club but does that add pressure? No, you just have to deal with things. I’ve said to the players it’s about reactions. You have to react to what occurs in the game and afterwards.
“I’ll be held accountable if we don’t win. That’s fine. I’ve been held accountable before and that’s fine. It’s the nature of the beast.
“If you don’t want to be in this business, then don’t be in the business.”
Dave King’s board are still weighing up their list of managerial options, with the likes of Alex McLeish, Derek McInnes, Billy Davies and Frank De Boer high on the list of reported candidates.
For the meantime, Murty has been told by chief executive Stewart Robertson that he will remain in charge for the “foreseeable future”.
He insists he has been pleased with the support he has received so far from the Ibrox board.
But he confessed the challenge of leading the team out at Celtic Park – where they visit on March 12 – would be a daunting prospect.
Given that Warburton’s side were smashed 5-1 by Brendan Rodger’s Hoops on their last trip to Parkhead back in September, Murty can be forgiven for admitting his sense of intimidation.
The 42-year-old said: “If you look at the history behind the clubs and look at the way they are playing at the moment then you would be daunted.
“But I always had the feeling when you go to a big stadium and you are the underdog, there was no better feeling than walking out with a good result.”