GRAEME Murty says Rangers performance at Parkhead must be the benchmark for the rest of his reign at Ibrox.

The Gers boss oversaw a second draw inside 10 months away from home to city rivals Celtic and admitted he was frustrated his side didn’t nick a win.

Murty said he was proud of his players for their gritty display after Craig Gordon made a number of great stops to keep the Light Blues at bay.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “It is a massive rollercoaster coming to this place and performing on this stage for the players and for myself.

“I am proud of the way the players stood up to the challenge. I thought we started really well and they grew into the game and gained some momentum and Wes made a couple of good saves.

“But in the second-half I thought we could have gone and won the game easily. It is a case of what could of been, I suppose that could be the case for either team but we walk out of here with a point and it could have been more.

“I’m pleased I’m frustrated, I think the changing room is frustrated as well because they think we should and could have won the game which is a great feeling to be walking away from this place with.

“I have said to the players just there that we are just at the start and we will improve, we are getting better but that has to be the benchmark for concentration and focus. We have to take that forward and not stand still but move on from this.

“You have to show many different attributes wherever you go to play and now we have been to Pittordie, Easter Road, Murrayfield and now here and put in really good performances.

“You have to weather what the opponent throws at you and I thought we did that and showed a collective spirit and a togetherness that we are going to need on this journey we are on.

“We are going to need that spirit, that technicality and we’re going to need belief but I think we showed enough glimpses of really good stuff to cause them a problem today which is pleasing for me.

“For the moment I am going to go back in the changing room, pat the players on the head and tell them that I’m proud of them.”

Celtic’s stopper saved incredibly from an Alfredo Morelos header in the second-half following a stop from a James Tavernier close range volley that looked destined for the back of the net.

In the first-half it was Wes Foderingham who impressed, the Gers number one pulled off a string of saves to keep his side in the game.

Murty continued: “I honestly thought that Alfredo had missed it but I am being told it was a really good save so I will let him off that one!

“When you play against top operators then you have to be on top of your game and that’s not to score it’s to even get a chance.

“I thought we had some good opportunities, we could have created a little bit more but you pat Craig on the back of the head and say well done that was a good save, it should have gone in.

“Wes has been great. Since I have been at the football club and I have been here xx8 months now, he is top operator and he is right at the top of his level and I love watching him work.

“You see him working hard every day and he gets the plaudits today, richly deserved because he is always ready, always sharp and always fresh.

“His level of technique and concentration is second to none so I am not surprised he makes those saves.”

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