GRAEME MURTY feels his Rangers side should have had Ross County defeated by half-time today, but declared himself delighted to be departing Dingwall with all three points.

The Ibrox gaffer watched his side turn-in an excellent show in the first period where they missed a number of opportunities to kill the game, although Daniel Candeias had given them the lead.

Jason Cummings finally made it 2-0 with seven minutes left, but a late David Ngog penalty made the finish to the game perhaps more nervy than what it might have been.

Speaking to RangersTV, Murty said: “I thought in the first half we should have been out of sight. Some of our movement and some of our passing, and the way we opened them up at times was really, really good.

“We need to be a little more clinical, and also we need to have a better structure behind our attack to stop them going from their final third into our final third quite so easily.

“But the first half, I was really pleased. At half time, I said to them don’t sink – maintain control of the game, but they came into the game a little bit and put us under pressure, but I am glad the guys saw it out and scored two good goals – for different reasons – and the spirit in the camp will be bolstered by them.

“I said to them, you have to make sure you respond in the same way as you did against Aberdeen in this game today, and I thought our application and our workrate was first-rate.

“I didn’t think in the second half we kept the ball well enough. We went too long – we went back into the middle and then tried to kill them with a killer pass that wasn’t on – the spaces weren’t there.

“We had to be more patient with the ball, but that will come the more we trust each other, and the more we actually get used to playing the style we want to do.

“Some of our movement and some of our passing was really good, and then they got the penalty and it became critical that we stood up to the challenge.

“They loaded the box and they have some big boys in their team – but we stood up to that. It’s a different type of challenge from what we’ve faced against Celtic and Aberdeen, but we stood up to it really well and I’m pleased for them as they have been challenged to back up a good performance with another good one.

“It’s a good result for us to come here and grind that out.”

Some of Gers football at times, in the first half in particular, was quite excellent, and, having displayed similar against Aberdeen in midweek, the potential of his new-look side greatly excites boss Murty.

He added: “It does. The quality of our movement and the clarity of our passing was really good at times. But we lost that in the second half and I thought we lost the sharpness to our play although there were some flashes of it.

“They couldn’t cope with us at times and that’s what our game needs to look like and what our guys need to do. And, when we start to lose it, what do we do to get it back?

“When we understand that, and when we understand each other better, I think we will be able to sustain it more. Once we do that, I think we can really push on and really be a threat in all the competitions we are in.”

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