GRAEME MURTY was left pretty satisfied after Rangers opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Reserve League with a hammering of second-placed Kilmarnock this afternoon.
The 5-0 win makes it 11 goals in their last two domestic matches following last week’s 6-1 demolition of Partick Thistle – and while pleased with much of what he saw this afternoon, Murty did admit he was still searching for a little more from his players.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “I thought there were parts of it where we were very good. I thought some of our play was really slick and the way we joined in a group of players who haven’t really played together was quite good from us.
“I thought everyone went about it in the right manner, but I am always greedy and I want more from the guys. But I can’t be too down on them as they have gone and got a clean sheet and result, and I am obviously pleased for that.
“I said to them we had to push the tempo and dominate from the off. We got a penalty after a minute and 20 which set the tone for us, but we didn’t slacken off in the first half, even though we could have been better and smoother on the ball, and a little bit more clinical, we tried to push the tempo at all times while still maintaining that balance of being patient with the ball.
“We never put it at risk but we shifted it quickly and I thought that was good in the first period. But for some poor decision making and some poor execution in the final third in the second half, we could have had more goals.”
Murty was able to call-upon first-team players Lee Wallace, Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic, with the latter coming through the first half on his return from a long injury lay-off.
“I thought they got out of it what they needed,” Murty continued. “Borna needed to get back and he gave us 45 minutes – and you can see the quality the guy has got.
“He has a wonderful left foot and good range, and the other guys came in similarly and got out of the game what they needed which was good for us and it is good for my players to go and see that level of player, that level of approach and that level of professionalism as they all want to be there.
“They can almost touch it now – everyone in that group has trained with the first team and everyone no has been in front of the manager’s eyes today.
“It is good for them to go and mix it with the first-team players and see what that level is all about.”
Andy Dallas grabbed a hat-trick in the rout, although Murty reckoned his talismanic striker may not have been overly delighted with his afternoon’s contribution.
The coach said: “He will be quite down as he thinks he should have had more – but that is a good trait to have as he is hungry to get goals.
“The team that we are, it is down to us to create goals and it is down to Andy to make sure he gets on the end of them.
“He is doing that remarkably well at the minute and he is a real threat for us. We are pleased for him – I am more pleased about the build-up but Peter Lovenkrands is more about the finishes as he is a forward player and he loves to see goals go in the back of the net.
“I love to see the structure and to make sure the way we play is quite slick. But Andy, as all good forwards do, gets into the right areas and, you know what, if he misses one it doesn’t really matter, he just wants to get the next and the next one, and he reflects that in training.”