GRAEME MURTY made the bold move to change Rangers’ formation to a 4-2-3-1 for the Premiership fixture against Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday.
With Wes Foderingham making his 29th appearance between the posts the caretaker boss named a back four of James Tavernier, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Lee Hodson in his starting eleven with Emerson Hyndman and Andy Halliday as holding midfielders.
In front of them was an attacking trio of Barrie McKay, Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn with Joe Garner handed the ‘lone’ striker role.
Speaking to RangersTV this morning after the 2-1 defeat in Tayside, Murty explained his decision to change from the 4-3-3 shape used previously by Mark Warburton.
He said: “The reason for that decision was to get a focus on breaking lines, playing behind their press, because we knew they were going to press so that was fine.
We didn’t want to encourage them on to us, we wanted to actually break open their press and then go and access the backline.
“So to do that we put four attacking players in the team and they had some really good opportunities for us to do it and we didn’t quite seize these opportunities.
“Maybe it’s a question of recognition, seeing the chance to take people out of the game, maybe it was a question of execution as well.
“But there are bits, and I’ll show them in the debrief today, where those opportunities were there and we didn’t quite see them or utilise them to the best of our ability I would say.”
After disappointing away defeats to Hearts and Dundee this month, Murty will urge his players to rise to the challenge on Friday night when they face an Inverness Caledonian Thistle side rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table and scrapping for points.
He continued: “I can’t talk about anything before this game [against Dundee], but whenever Rangers run into town there’s an expectation and there is an intensity that goes up from the opposition.
“I would suggest that it’s very similar to when Celtic came to us, in the fact of the way we started the game. We got right in there faces, put them on the back foot and really took the game to them. I thought it was an excellent start.
We need to match that intensity when we are playing other teams and actually impose our intensity upon them rather than accepting what they are going to give us.
“I can’t see it anything but the same when we go to Inverness. They are going to be in our faces, they are going to look at us and say ‘We’ve an opportunity to upset people.’
“Playing for Rangers you have to accept that, you have to actually relish the fact that they are going to come and give us it and then say ‘Right, fine, we’re still going to play, we’re still going to be brave and we’re going to match everything you’ve got and we’re going to be better than you.’
“That goes across age groups, across teams and particularly at the point of the spear with the first team, you have to actually accept that and that’s just par for the course.
“So when you walk onto the football pitch be in no doubt that is what they are going to bring, you have to be ready, you have to be mentally ready and physically ready and be brave enough to execute the game plan as well.”
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