GRAEME Murty joked he was taking credit for the Man of the Match display of Daniel Candeias after Rangers fired themselves back into second place in the Premiership with a 4-0 win.

Candeias grabbed an assist and a seventh goal of the season against Dundee in an impressive second-half display which saw the Gers get their first win in four games.

Manager Murty admitted while it was far from the perfect display at Ibrox he was happy to see his side get back to somewhere near their free flowing best.

Speaking to RangersTV he said: “I actually said to Daniel at half-time that when the ball is on the opposite side he is spending too much time lingering out on the wing.

“When the ball goes into the final third on the left-hand side when Jamie Murphy or Declan John has got it, he has to get into the middle of the goal; he has to get in between the sticks.

“There was one on the first half which came off the post and he would have had a tap-in and it showed in the second half.

“He went and got a goal and he gave me a cheeky grin so I’ll take credit for that one!

“It was pleasing today but difficult at times because I thought the atmosphere kind of went up and down within the stadium and our play kind of reflected that.

“But when we put our foot on the ball and shifted and were brave, the footballers on the pitch showed their quality.

“I was pleased for them that we managed to go and put a difficult opponent away with some good goals and a real clinical nature.

“They stood up at the right times, they shifted the ball really well and I think we’re best when we move the ball quickly. When we play between lines and we penetrate.

“When you look at the strength in the team it is creating chances and we looked to get those people into difficult positions to play against.

“I thought we managed to do that better today, albeit it’s not perfect because I always look for perfection. Getting a clean sheet was important as well.

“I thought Ross McCrorie did well, Bruno Alves was an excellent professional, reacting to not playing but he came on and put in sterling service.

“I’m pleased for the players, I’m pleased for those guys that came in off the bench as well and I’m pleased for us to get back to winning ways.”

There was controversy late on when Alfredo Morelos was booked for diving after Dundee’s Elliot Parish seemed to have brought him down inside the box.

The goalkeeper had to be taken off with a broken nose and Murty was not happy with the referee Greg Aitken’s decision.

He continued:

“I’ve yet to see a player dive when there is contact made. If there is contact made it is unfortunate for the goalkeeper and we wish him well, but it’s a ridiculous decision in my opinion.

“There is a guy sitting about six rows behind me telling me to grow a pair and telling me to get onto the pitch and tell the referee exactly what I think, but all I am going to do is get myself into trouble.

“We’ll have words behind closed doors and all I am going to do is conduct myself as I believe a Rangers manager should on the sideline.

“But when we get in and chat to them we’ll put our views forward in a forthright manner and leave him in no doubt that we disagree with it in the strongest possible terms.

“And Alfredo is gutted in there. We are going to miss him for a game now and I thought it was nothing less than a joke.”

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