GRAEME MURTY pointed to the clean sheet in yesterday’s win over Hamilton as being just as pleasing as scoring six goals.

The Light Blues limited Hamilton to few opportunities in the 90 minutes at Ibrox as they reached the Scottish Cup semi-final in style, but while thrilled at the blank for Accies, Murty still reckons his men can do even better in the defensive department.

He told “As pleasing as the scoreline is, the zero at the end is one that is really big for us. We have struggled to see games out, and you saw the resilience the players showed – they were working for each other and they were making tackles.

“Clint and Rob were throwing their bodies in the way, and that sets the standard for the way we want to be. Even that said, we can do it better and be better than we were.”

The win saw a first goal in Light Blue for Jon Toral, with the Spaniard enjoying a very good afternoon overall.

On his goal, Murty joked: “It’s about time he scored! He said that himself. He has some lovely attributes such as a lovely left foot, and he possibly needs to believe in himself a little bit more in certain situations, but hopefully the goal will give him the confidence he needs to go forward into the next games.”

Kenny Miller went off at half-time in the game, but Murty allayed any fears that he may be missing for the trip to Celtic Park in a week’s time in the Scottish Premiership.

He added: “He’s fine and he’s not actually injured. I just felt three games in a week was a bit much for some of them, and Kenny unfortunately was the guy who missed out.

“As far as I am concerned, we have to make these decisions, I made it and we are alright with it.”

And on the meeting with Celtic itself, Murty said: “The Old Firm game will take care of itself. You don’t look for anything going into those games. I think we have to make sure we recover the boys properly, get a good week of training in this week, get them prepped, and the game will take care of itself.

“We have to go and give as good an account of ourselves as we did today.”

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