GRAEME Murty says he has set his Rangers side the challenge of lifting silverware after they defeated Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Josh Windass netted his first ever hat-trick at Bellslea Park to set up a tie with Ayr United in the next round on a bracing night in Aberdeenshire.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “It kind of panned out how I thought it would with the pitch and with the wind and it was a struggle at times.

“I thought at times we played in front of them too much and we made it too easy for them to play at their tempo.

“Overall though, three goals, clean sheet and everyone off the pitch healthy which was important for us to move on into the next game.

“We want to challenge in every competition we are in so if this means us getting to a final and competing for a cup then absolutely fantastic, bring it on.

“The squad need to be doing that, Rangers need to be doing that and I understand that.

“I have challenged the squad, I have told them what my expectations are, my minimum expectations for the season and we have taken the first small step today.

“I would have liked to have made some changes earlier but I only really relaxed when we got our third.

“I thought at times we were vulnerable to the odd chance, the wind, the refereeing decisions, the pitch etc. and once we got the third I actually started to relax and wanted to utilise the squad a bit more.”

Murty utilised his squad for the tie against the Highland League side with Jak Alnwick replacing Wes Foderingham in goal – something he admits he could do in the next round of the competition.

And while Windass bagged three goals for the first time in his senior career the Gers boss wants more from the 24-year-old.

Murty continued:

“He (Windass) is technical, he is a good finisher so the three goals are good but he can add to his game.

“I wanted him to play against the backline more, I thought he was too deep too often and I think he could turn forward more.

“When he gets the ball and drives at people, when he takes a good first touch and he is in full flow he is something to behold but we want to build on that,

“There are times when he can actually utilise that more, it is up to help him to understand when that is appropriate and when he needs to shift the ball a little bit quicker to allow his team mates to help him.

“He needs to trust his teammates to get him to the ball in good positions, he just needs to go and get in there more often.

“You can learn a little bit but the most important thing I thought was Jason Cummings, Andy Halliday, Eduardo, Joe Dodoo, Lee Hodson and Fabio getting minutes.

“That is great for me because we are going to need to utilise the whole squad throughout the season. Getting them through the game is good for their mind-set as well.

“For Jak Alnwick to keep a clean sheet is really important, we need to make sure the whole squad feel part of what we are trying to build here.

“If we can do that through the cup competitions or just the way that we train and our daily behaviours then that can add to the positive feeling we currently have.

“Potentially I would use Jak against Ayr United, he needs to keep training at the same level he’s at and keep pushing Wes the same way he is doing.

“That team which played today I was confident could go and win the game and it proved to be that way.”

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