GRAEME MURTY was delighted to see his players stand up to be counted on Sunday as Rangers defeated Hearts at Ibrox Stadium.
Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias sealed a 2-1 victory for the Light Blues to retain second place in the Scottish Premiership.
Murty knows that even more is possible from his team as a group, but in an individual sense, he was pleased to see them put on a good show in front of an expectant home crowd.
He explained: “I thought everyone stood up. Like I said after the game, at no point did anyone go to a position where they couldn’t receive the ball, and at no time did people look to pass on responsibility.
“We can still be more incisive, better and more technical in our play, but I thought there were good bits from everyone on the pitch.
“A few people stood out – I thought Graham Dorrans played particularly well, Jamie Murphy at times was excellent and Daniel Candeias was back to being Daniel.”
“It was important for us to get back to some of the values we have that I thought we went away from – the intensity of the press, a bit of commitment and a bit of quality in possession.
“I thought we made enough chances to win the game comfortably, albeit, it got a little bit edgy towards the end. We missed opportunities to put the game to bed, but it was really important I thought for the players psyche, to not bury the game before but show a strong mentality, and I thought we managed to do that.”
At times, particularly in the second half, Gers played some excellent football in an attacking sense, causing Hearts no end of problems.
His side could and probably should have won the game by a larger margin as he touched on, but he was happy to see signs of what can be achieved when his side go through the gears.
“I have seen signs of it all the way through the season,” he continued. “I have seen signs of us hitting some good patches, but we haven’t been able to put it together consistently, and I think that is the thing over the season which will be the most frustrating.
“We have seen the top level of this group, and the top level of this group is capable of competing and is capable of blowing teams away at times.
“But, we need to make sure when those things aren’t flowing, and we can’t dismantle teams with the tempo we want to do, that we have a good structure, compactness and a good intensity about us which makes us difficult to play against.
“I thought Hearts found that difficult, albeit, we can do it better still.”
Murty also spoke about the unity in the squad, saying: “They decided to show togetherness after the goals and they decided that they were going to stick together and no matter what, they were going to try and come through a hard week together, and I am glad for them that they managed to do that.”