HEARTS are the visitors to Ibrox tomorrow – and Graeme Murty expects a totally different match to the one at Murrayfield earlier in the season, which Rangers won 3-1.
That was Murty’s first game in initial caretaker charge of the Light Blues, where a Kenny Miller double and one from Josh Windass secured a famous win in front of more than 14,000 Gers fans at the home of Scottish Rugby.
Both sides are vastly changed from that meeting, but Murty explained one aspect will remain similar.
“It’s very different – there are different capacities and different capabilities,” he told today’s press conference, “but, the message is still going to be the same.
“It is about the players walking out onto the football pitch fully prepped and able to give their best.
“I think you have seen a difference in style, but once again, the message is about the players walking out onto the football pitch, taking responsibility and contributing, and I think you have seen different people step up at different times.
“It was Kenny [Miller] at Murrayfield, and Josh, and there are other people who have stepped forward and taken responsibility recently.”
Last weekend saw Gers take a 5-3 victory away from Hamilton Accies, and Murty expects no repeat of that match either.
He continued: “I expect it to be tighter than last weekend – I don’t expect there to be eight goals – and I expect it to be a real challenge.
“The guys are prepped, the guys are ready, and the guys are in a good place at the moment, so we need to make sure we continue that mood.
“All games are physical games – whether it comes down to a physical challenge or the physical effort you have to put in to get away from an opponent, they are all physical.
“But the guys are ready, they have put good work in this week, and, as I have said, the mood around the group and the work-rate around the group has been excellent so far.
“We are confident with the options we have and the players we have, we can cause any team in this league problems with the way that we move with the ball, the way we shift it and the individuals within that structure can cause anyone problems.
“It’s down to us to make sure we make good decisions at the right time and we will see what will be.
“We looked at the structure when we gave the goals away – it was very, very similar to the areas where we had the Launchpad to launch attacks from.
“So we have to make sure that we understand what our structure needs to look like, and the quality and clarity of our play.
“If you look at our fourth goal, the passing through the lines, dealing with the pressure and the quality of the play, would have got us out the situation where we concede the second goal.
“It’s just about understanding when and where to play, how to do it and we reiterated that to the players this week.
On the injury front, Murty added: “Lee Wallace is back in full training, but I think it is possibly too early for him – he needs to complete more volume and get himself closer to our level.
“It’s great and he is moving on.
“Bruno is in contention to be selected, other than that, the rest of the guys are as they were.”