GRAEME Murty said he was confused by which emotion to feel after his Rangers side drew 2-2 with Motherwell after being two goals down.

The Gers were behind from the Steelmen’s double by the 15th minute but a similar second-half period for Murty’s side drew them level.

The Rangers boss admits his team’s performance in the first 45 minutes was nowhere near the level they need to hit as they came away from Fir Park with just a point.

Speaking to RangersTV he said: “I have loads of emotions about it; relief that the boys managed to come back, happy that they showed more character in the second-half but really frustrated that we didn’t deal with a really overt and very well prepped threat to our goal.

“We didn’t deal with it at all the first-half and you put yourself up against it by conceded two really poor goals.

“I said to the guys at half-time that as much as I want to change everything and as much as I want to lambast lots and lots of people you know I desire and want more, go out and actually take some accountability. I said to go and stand up and I think we did in the second-half.

“I thought they (Motherwell) played some alright stuff, they shifted the ball okay without really penetrating too often but every time they put the ball forward I was fearful that we were going to lose a goal and that can’t be right.

“That can’t be structurally right, that can’t be physically right or mentally right and I said that wasn’t acceptable.

“I think it is a measure of the group that they agreed with that and they didn’t sulk, or throw the toys out the pram, they actually stood up in the second-half.

“Having said that we can’t be coming to places and starting at 2-0 because it is going to make it really difficult for us, we have to be better than that from the get go.”

Two penalties changed the game, Motherwell’s first came from the spot, as did Rangers but Murty said his opinion on them was irrelevant; he was more worried about the defending on show.

Jamie Murphy got Rangers second on 55 minutes after James Tavernier converted from the spot.

Murty continued: “When we showed what we were capable of in the second-half, which is where the frustration comes from.

“They have been brave in the second-half, Jamie murphy is wonderfully brave on the ball, as was Graham Dorrans and we actually imposed our pattern on them a lot more in the second-half.

“Some of our football was good but it can’t take 45 minutes to happen, I said to them you have to win the physical contest first and we didn’t.

“It doesn’t really matter what I make of the penalties and as a player I would be moaning until the cows come home.

“As far as I am concerned the defending fundamentally was poor for both of them, people in the wrong position, people lunging in and people allowing the referee to make a decision when we shouldn’t.”

There was some concern for Josh Windass as the 17 goal forward limped off in the 81st minute of the game.

Murty commented:

“Josh is sore right now, he is in a bit of pain and we are going to assess him and we will take our time to have a look at that.

“It is something in his calf I think, it is definitely in his lower limb and I don’t know how it has come about because I was busy trying to sort the shape out.”

Article Copyright © 2019. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to