“MORE TO COME” was the message from Graeme Murty after this evening’s mightily impressive 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox.
The Rangers gaffer was delighted with his team’s performance which saw the leapfrog Derek McInnes’ side in the Scottish Premiership – and he insists this is just the start.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “This isn’t what we are going to look like at the end of the season. We are on the path, but that’s just the first step. The foundations were laid in Florida, and we are building on top of that now.
“There is more to come and I don’t feel you have seen the best of us as yet – we have more to do, we have work to put in and we have understanding to gain.
“Let’s not forget, this is the first time this group of players have played together, so for me, I think it’s an immensely positive evening.
“Winning has to be a habit at this football club – full stop. The guys put in a really, really big shift today – we were good and at times we were slick, but at times we had to do the other side of it.
“We had to put our bodies on the line, and I saw guys doing that. Wes Foderingham pulled out a display there, when we really needed him, of some excellent saves just when we really needed him.
“He proved why he is one of, if not the, top goalkeeper in the league. We looked a threat, and we look ready for the second half of the season.
“We wanted to start on the front foot and we wanted to start positively. I thought our rotations were good and our movement was good. I have to say, we won’t face many teams as good as that many times this season.
“I thought their rotation of the front four caused us problems when we got us a little bit stretched. Our interchanging on our play when we went forward was really, really good and we created numerous chances to stretch the game away from them, but, as I said, there were pleasing things, but there are also things for us to work on.”
Murty was pleased to see Alfredo Morelos not be down-heartened by an earlier miss to put the Gers in front, while he also discussed the strength in depth he has in the squad now.
He added: “He does that. He gets in there and is a threat all the time – centre-halves must hate him as the ball seems to be attracted to him in those areas.
“You have to be there to miss them, and you’re not worried about his confidence as he always wants to get in there and he always wants to score.
“Then you look around and you have someone like Jason Cummings to come on when Alfredo was looking a little bit fatigued, which is great. We are going to need the entire squad – I keep on emphasising this – we need competition in the squad, we need people in the squad pushing us and creating that level which we can aspire to be better than we are at the moment.
“We’ve got that now, and we know we have to utilise that at the right time to get us to where we want to be.”