GRAEME MURTY was pleased to see his players hold their hands up to mistakes made on Saturday, and hopes lessons have been learned ahead of the trip to Partick Thistle tomorrow.

The Rangers gaffer was asked about leadership in his squad at yesterday’s press conference, and spoke of the need for individuals to take responsibility when things don’t go to plan.

Murty said: “A big part of leadership is accountability. You have to put your hands up when things haven’t gone well or things have gone badly or mistakes have been made.

“Not in a way to apportion blame or to make people feel bad, but in order to improve. That is the atmosphere and culture that I want. I want people here who are accountable in order to be the very, very best that we can be.

“For 10 seconds in the second half, we weren’t the best we can be. But, people were accountable to it and people have held their hands up to say they have made mistakes.

“That is how you get better and that is how you learn and that is how you come together as a squad. That is going to be tested again tomorrow, so hopefully we have learned the lessons and we can move forward together.”

In the absence of more senior players, Jason Holt has been wearing the captain’s armband in recent weeks, with Murty believing he had leaders throughout his squad.

He added: “I think it’s an opportunity for lots of people to lead. We have some young people in the team, but one of the youngest, Ross McCrorie, is a fantastic leader, and he is only growing into the role.

“We have some experienced players who want to take a step forward and lead, which can be beneficial, but if they’re not there, someone else can do it.

“So it can be beneficial, but it can also be beneficial in the growth of the squad and the growth of the players who actually have to step up when those players aren’t there.

“I’ve seen that within the squad, and the more people we get can get to step up and the more people we can get to lead, the better it is going to be for the whole squad.”

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