RANGERS pulled off a quite remarkable victory at Easter Road tonight – and while delighted with the result, Graeme Murty was less-than happy with the performance.
The Ibrox interim gaffer feels his side were lacking in many departments tonight, but praised their character which sees them go back along the M8 with three points.
Speaking at full time to RangersTV, Murty said: “I didn’t enjoy it I have to say. We endured a lot of pressure at times, we were really passive and we were really slack with the ball.
“We didn’t deal with the ball or move the ball well enough, but we stood up to a good team putting lots of crosses into our box and we have managed to come away with a win.
“I thought that the only two real, good passages of play we had in the first half we scored from. We didn’t actually start the first half, but the players managed to find a way to come in ahead in the game.
“The goals changed it considerably. Danny Wilson actually came in, and while not ranting and raving, firmly said we were lucky as we hadn’t started yet, and I would agree with that.
“Obviously Kenny [Miller] going off disrupted us a little, but we were far too reactive to what Hibs were doing, and didn’t actually manage to impose a style upon the game. All over the pitch, we were a little bit loose – but you have to come to places like this, have to endure pressure, sometimes you ride your luck and we have come away with three points.”
Murty was also not too impressed with the showing as Gers beat Ross County on Saturday, but hopes to use them as examples as what could potentially be achieved if they manage to find their top level.
He continued: “It is pleasing, as they played well, but we stood up and actually won challenges, won headers and managed to find a way without being great, without being flashy and without actually passing the ball to each other that well which is really irritating me.
“When you give the ball away as often as we did, you have to endure pressure, and the players managed to do that. Those results, and the manner of what we stood up to, hopefully we can build a little confidence and the players can actually believe in their ability a little bit, as I didn’t think we did that well enough tonight either.
“The players know what is possible as they did it against Aberdeen twice. They know what we want them to do. But, having that free-flowing sexy football if you like, allied to having that steely core in you can take us a long way.
“I’d like to have both of them in any game, but if we can only have one, I’d take the resilience today. That’w what we’ll take and pat the players on the back for that part of it, but we need to do bits better and we need to recover these players as we have a quick turnaround with a few battered bodies in there.”
Murty was also full of praise for the supporters, and added: “They were immense, and they were challenged in the first half. Then, with one bit of play, we scored a goal, and with our second bit of good play, we scored another goal which shows the players when we do pass the ball properly, we can open teams up, and we have threats on the pitch.
“But, we have to get them involved and have to give them something to cheer about. The supporters have been amazing, but we need to do more for them.”