GRAEME MURTY says guiding the Gers to their biggest win of last season gave him one of the best lessons he’s ever had in football.
Murty made the call to take off fan favourite Kenny Miller at half-time and bring on Joe Garner in the 6-0 cup thrashing of Hamilton and he said a tweet from a fan questioning the substitution confirmed he should always be confident in his managerial decisions.
The striker went on to score a second-half hat-trick even though he missed a large chunk of it having treatment on a cut to his eye and the Light Blues netted five goals in 45 minutes.
Going into another game against Accies Murty told RangersTV: “I do have good memories from the game against Hamilton last season because I got one of the all-time best tweets.
“I made the decision to change from Kenny to Joe Garner at half-time, against some advice I have to say.
“Someone tweeted “Miller off Garner on. Murty you haven’t got a clue.” and the abuse he got after that was epic.
“I took a screenshot of it to say that whether it works or it doesn’t work sometimes you have to have the courage in your conviction and believe in yourself.
“I have been criticised a bit for not being confident in myself and doing myself down and I thought that was a good moment for my education.
“I think you have to portray yourself, particularly to the first-team, how you want to be perceived. Not every training session is going to work, not every tactical change is going to work but you have to be confident.
“If anything this has given me the understanding of how I need to be and how I need to act that will get the best out of the players.
“It was a big call to take Kenny off that day and as much as I have been given credit recently for putting him in the team, taking him out in that game for an untried person was difficult. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure that was a good idea, it just happened to pay off.
“You have to be confident and then if it doesn’t work be man enough to go down swinging your own sword.”
Murty says he will be challenging his players to deliver a similar performance to that against Hamilton in March when they come back to Ibrox this weekend. He wants more goals from his men.
He explained: “I was more proud of what the players did that day because they took what could have been a tricky game and they really owned it.
“It is nice to go and score goals and it is nice to go and win. I actually challenged the players against Partick because I thought we could have scored more goals, we could have been more hungry to score.
“That game that really worked, they were hungry and they wanted to put a score and a show on for our crowd.
“That is the mind-set we need to have at home, that we are going to win every game, we have to be aggressive and dominant and try and score as many as we can.
“And if it doesn’t come off we are going have lots of chances and we are going to get the fans out of their seats because we are going to be camped in and around their eighteen yard box.”