GRAEME MURTY has revealed the Rangers players held a frank discussion with each other following Sunday’s defeat to Dundee.
Following a good week of work put in ahead of the clash at Dens Park, the result came as both a surprise and a disappointment to the players and caretaker boss Murty alike, and he praised them for the manner in which they sought out areas to better against Inverness on Friday night.
Murty also spoke about what work has been done to the shape this week after making alterations to it in the City of Discovery.
Speaking at today’s press conference, he said: “We have had a really, really good discourse with the midfield and the forward players today about shape and structure. As far as I see it and as far as they see it, the pattern and style should stay the same, numbers shouldn’t really matter, and all I am looking to do is make sure when we don’t have the ball, we have a really good structure behind the ball so we can go and get it back.
“But I want to give over the players the freedom to go and express themselves on the football. When they get the ball at their feet, the runs that they want to make and the way they complement one another in possession. It’s my job to give them that freedom, and without the ball, it becomes more about structure and formation, so it’s just so we have a cohesive way to go and get the ball back.
“They have actually been very, very honest and open with one another in the de-brief. We broke the de-brief down into a few areas that we identified as having to improve, and the players were quite critical of one another and quite critical of themselves in their desire to make things better and actually translate what we did in the training week into the performance.
“The main disappointment for them was it wasn’t indicative of their training week. They didn’t perform how they trained, as that was a great disappointment for them. Hopefully we can put that right as they have trained really well today and we now have a shorter time to get ready, but hopefully we can address those issues when we start the game on Friday.
“There is no need for there to be raised voices, we are not making it personal, we are not making it for there to be about a dislike of personal people, it’s things that we want to see done better on the football pitch, and it’s always professional for us to try and get the right response which is for us to make the football team better and move the club in the right direction.
Murty also discussed what he has personally learned in the last fortnight or so he has spent in charge of the club.
He continued: “I learned a lot about what the players need. I spent the walk from the dugout to the dressing room at half time trying to get rid of any negativity in my head there may have been from the first half, and trying to give them what they needed for the second half.
“I think the players did that themselves very well as well, and I think that you saw in the second half a level of intensity that we need to play at, and obviously we want to start that way on Friday.”