GRAEME Murty admits his team must start hitting their top level again if they are to stop questions being asked about their performances.
The Rangers boss says he understands why fans are worried after the Light Blues recent dip in form and insists they must recapture their early 2018 spirit to turn things around this weekend.
Dundee visit Ibrox on Saturday with Murty’s side failing to win in their last three games. The manager is demanding better.
Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “The frustration for me is that the players can do it and they just didn’t get to the required level in the first-half.
“I know how good these guys can be, I see them train every day and I see their top level and what they are capable of.
“The frustration for me doesn’t come from seeing the first-half and then the second-half, it comes from seeing how far off what we deem acceptable.
“We will always be measuring ourselves against ourselves and try to move forward, get better and enhance what we are doing.
“It is important to restore some belief to the fans to be perfectly honest. We have had three games; we lose to Celtic in a game we could have won it in an amazing atmosphere then we go into a game where everything is flat against Kilmarnock, ourselves, the noise etc.
“Everything wasn’t as the week before which is possibly a little understandable. Then we played properly for 45 minutes and showed the fans how good the players are.
“But those lingering questions and doubts will be there, understandably so. What we need to do is put some belief back into the fans that this team are capable of playing at a sustained high level – as we were starting to do.
“We were showing what we were capable of it, with some good results and some good performances and lots of goals.
“We need to get back to that and show the fans, this is what the team are about. Unless we do that questions will remain.”
Murty has good news on the injury front after welcoming back Graham Dorrans successfully against Motherwell, the midfielder came through 90 minutes in the draw.
He admits he is pleased to have him back, as well as Ross McCrorie to give the Gers more options.
Murty continued: “It is great for me, it is great for the team to have a bit of competition but it is particularly great to have the tactical flexibility to say right we’re going to completely change the shape or try a different game plan. We haven’t necessarily had that enough since I’ve been here.
“In terms of doing that I still say that regardless of personnel, game plan, structure or shape a lot of it still comes down to the intensity and mind-set of the players.”
Lee Wallace meanwhile is still struggling with the problems which have kept him out since September. There is better news for David Bates though who was stretched off in last month’s Old Firm.
The manager explained: “Lee had a flare up from a small procedure to try and elevate some of the tension in his groin.
“We are hopeful of getting him back onto the grass this week but it is a time where his body is giving his some signals that aren’t great for us.
“We have to take our time with him and make sure we respect the athlete and get him back onto the pitch in the right time.
“He had an injection into some scar tissue to try and break that up; sometimes you get a flare from that which increases your sensitivity and your irritation around that area, which isn’t nice to play with.
“David Bates has been very diligent and very professional, he is working very closely with our medical staff and he is showing some good progress.
“We are hopefully we can get him back sooner rather than later, we’re hopeful it will be before the end of the season.”