GRAEME Murty said he was proud of the way his players stood up to Aberdeen after snatching six points from the Dons in four days.

Rangers went second with their win at Pittodrie and had to play over half an hour with 10 men after the dismissal of Ryan Jack.

Danny Wilson had headed home early on but it was the Gers reaction to being a man down that truly pleased Murty – Josh Windass hit a second seven minutes after Jack’s red.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “I am very pleased reflecting on it, I am proud of the players in the way they have stood up.

“They have been two very different games and two very different challenges, we saw different aspects of a team who are back in second place and showed quality alongside that character.

“I didn’t overcome anything today, it is a misnomer to say they are my team, see when you go down to ten men and they go straight up the other end and score that is nothing to do with me, that is to do with what is inside them.

“No matter what was thrown at them today, through decisions or luck or anything like that we stood up to it all the way through the team.

“David Bates has just come back in the team, Fabio Cardoso was just coming back into the team and regardless of who was put where they stood up to the challenges really well.

“As a coach going forward I just hope they take that energy forward and that belief they will garn from that into the festive period.”

Jack’s 56th minute sending off came after a tackle on the Dons’ Stevie May and Murty believed it was a harsh decision from referee Willie Collum.

He continued: “I have a view on the red card, I think Ryan got to the ball before Stevie even though I thought it was just going to be a tackle and he tried to play the ball.

“I don’t really want to talk about that if I am honest because that would take the focus away from a sterling performance from some guys who have been questioned over the last few months.

“Let’s not make this about the red card, albeit I am disappointed for Ryan on his return, I thought it was harsh on him. But I am proud of the way the team stood up and stuck together when they were challenged in that way.

“Let’s congratulate them on what they have done, they have grown, there is a degree of belief and grit that I can’t give them and no coach can give them, it has to come from the group. I thought the group today were strong and that is to their benefit and that is to their credit.”

With the Ibrox board closing in on a new manager Murty reflected on his time in interim charge which has seen the Gers gain ground at the top of the table.

He said: “Where I leave the team is going to be for other people to judge, if I walk away what I am leaving with is a sense of pride and a group of players that have come together in some tough circumstances.

“More than anything else I am thankfully to them for the belief they have shown in me and each other to go and get two fantastic results when they have been questioned deeply. That wasn’t easy today so I think that was great.

“I will take lots away from this, not least the reaction I got from the fans today and I think it is important we recognise that as well.

“Coming here into a hostile environment and going and cheering your heart out for the team – I think they contribute so much to what makes this team great.”

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