GRAEME MURTY says Rangers have a lot to work on if they are to improve under his guidance and the caretaker manager revealed he has welcomed conversation between the squad about the standard of their performances.

The Head of the Development squad admits his Gers side need to be more consistent across the 90 minutes after their tight cup win over Morton.

Murty acknowledges how tough the past few days has been for the Light Blues squad and was happy with how they applied themselves at Ibrox on Sunday.

But when asked if he was pleased with the Gers performance, Murty told RangersTV: “That is a horrible question!

“I was pleased with their attitude, I was pleased with the way they handled themselves because it is not easy and your head is all over the place.

“It is difficult to try and please a new manager, even though consciously you’re not doing it you’re just playing the game but subconsciously you are always looking at what does he want? What is he after?

“But I thought they got past that bit and got past a really challenging start when we conceded the goal and I have just shown them in analysis that there were some really good bits of play, we just didn’t sustain it.

“The difference between our good bits and where we want to improve are a bit stark at the moment, well they were on Sunday.

“We have talked about portioning those things up and I have come away from the analysis with a really positive outlook on it and I hope they have as well.

“We have sat down and the thing I have really enjoyed the most was the player’s engagement, they have really been honest and open and really engaged with what we have done.

“I want to thank them because it has made my transitional bit easier, it could have been really awkward but they made sure it wasn’t.”


Murty found out that he was to take on the role as Gers boss while watching the Glasgow Warriors on Friday evening and he says it has been a whirlwind since that phone call.

The former Reading and Southampton defender confessed he couldn’t have dreamed up a better place to take charge of his first senior side.

He said: “It was challenging, it was stretching but it was really enjoyable.

“Just being part of the first-team environment as an experience and for your first game to be at Ibrox and managing that expectation and that level of team, you can’t really buy that to be honest.

“I am really grateful to the board for giving me the trust and I am really conscious that we need to make steps forward.

“I enjoyed the experience more than I enjoyed the game I would say!

“That is just me, I am not very good at hiding what I feel so you will kind of see how I am feeling all the time and I have told the players that today.”


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