GRAEME MURTY couldn’t hide his delight at Rangers 6-0 demolition of Hamilton this afternoon – and he reckons the Gers looked like scoring every time they went forward.
Caretaker boss Murty was overjoyed with his side’s manner of victory which means Gers have reached at least the semi-final stage of the Scottish Cup for the third time in the last four seasons.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV.tv, Murty explained: “Every time we went forward with purpose, we looked like scoring a goal. I thought in the first half, too many times we got stuck in between whether we were going to go or keep the ball, but in the second half, we had that edge that we didn’t necessarily have a little bit earlier.
“I thought it was just rewards for the hard work they have put in over the last couple of weeks. In the first half, we created good opportunities but hadn’t then sprung forward from the opportunities and been clinical. But I said to the players, we had to take better care of the football, and we had to lock them down a lot better in our press, and I thought in both of those things, we did them very well in the second half.
“I am delighted and it’s really hard to be objective. I try really hard to be objective when we don’t do the things when we ask, and it’s just as hard now to be level-headed when you get that result.
“I’m very pleased and pleased for the players more than anything else.”
Striker Joe Garner will take much of the credit having netted a hat-trick after coming on as a half-time substitute, with his last two goals coming after a nasty clash of heads with Blair Adams.
After receiving lengthy treatment in the dressing room, Garner re-emerged onto the pitch, and despite some supporters wanting a change to be made, Murty was delighted to have made the right call.
He continued: “It’s great for him. When he was off the pitch, I heard some calls to get someone on the pitch, but I knew Joe was coming back, and I have to complement our medical team who did a fantastic job for him and got him back as fast as they did.
“I have to say, the boys who were on the pitch showed a great deal of resilience in keeping them out and being really, really disciplined. We could even have scored another when we were down to 10-men, so I am really pleased for the boys in that respect.”
Three of Gers’ goals came from corner-kicks today, but despite that, Murty admitted he personally had nothing to do with both the quality of delivery and movement in the box.
He added: “I’d love to take the credit for that, but the players choose what they do. The delivery was great, and the way they attacked the ball too showed how much they wanted to make sure the result wasn’t in any doubt.
“Fair play to them for going and doing that.”