GRAEME Murty insists he has the whole Rangers squad behind him as he enters his fifth game in interim charge.

The 43-year-old and former pro admits he has had to dish out some constructive criticism of late to his current crop but believes it has been for the best.

The Gers go in search of a win against second placed Aberdeen this evening at Ibrox after losing their last two games and Murty says his players have been holding each other to account in the aftermath.

Speaking at his press conference, he said: “All the feedback I get from the players is positive. I certainly got a reaction in the first game at Murrayfield and a reaction in the second game.

“What we have seen on the pitch is a reaction to situations out with our control; going behind to a really poor goal and making a mistake at Ibrox then going behind at Dens Park and losing a little bit of belief in our process.

“That is not a reflection of the player’s belief in me at all in my opinion – it is a reflection that things aren’t quite working for us.

“If they think I care about them personally, which I think they do because we are building relationships all the time, then they will take whatever criticism comes their way because they know I am being professional.

“I am not being personal; I am making sure we get our professional things right on the football pitch, which is always the aim.

“They know where I am coming from, I am not digging them out, I trying to improve performance.

“Pleasingly in the week the players have been in that manner to one another when analysing their performance, holding themselves to higher standards of account and making sure these mistakes are held up so they don’t happen again.”

Despite only asked to take short-term charge of the first-team Murty confesses he and his backroom staff planned as far ahead as December in their initial meetings to make sure nothing took them by surprise.

He explained: “We had these games planned and prepped, we have a schedule up on the board and we showed the players the schedule recently to show that every player would be utilised and needed because we have three games in ten days.

“If the situation had changed then that was fine but we needed to make sure that we had plans in place to cope with these games as and when they came.

“The players will be prepped and the staff will have done some fantastic work highlighting Aberdeen’s strengths and also areas where I think we can hurt them.

“The players have to deal with the reality and we don’t want to have the excuse of any uncertainty.

“If the players know what is ahead of them then they know what their task is and they know what their job is they just have to go out there and execute to the highest level if we are to get anything.”

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