GRAEME MURTY believes a win on Wednesday against St Johnstone can help to dispel any negative feelings currently surrounding Rangers.

The Light Blues posted back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 reverse in Inverness on Friday evening, leaving them in third place, nine points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

However, caretaker boss Murty has called on his men to make sure all their focus goes only to on the field matters, with what is going on off the park to not affect their performances in any way.

Speaking at today’s press conference, he explained: “I would say the negativity around the players and around the football club can only be changed by winning football matches, so on Wednesday, we need to go and win the game.

“The only thing footballers can do is concentrate on themselves and make sure we try and get some positive reflection upon what we are doing by going and winning. If we don’t do that, then speculation will continue about them, about myself and about the football club, and we can’t control that.

“So we have to make sure that we do everything we can to put the club in a positive light by winning the football match.

“We have made it clear, the board have made it clear and the captain has made it clear, the players need to concentrate on the players. Anything that is going on outside their remit, they shouldn’t be concerned with.

“Anything in the media or on social media or anything that is being said, all they can do is concentrate on their own performance, and we have tried to make sure we got everything else out of the way so we can go and train with a clear mind, and we can then go and play with a clear mind.

“The only pressure the players have is to perform. They should know by now they are being watched quite closely and are being scrutinised by everybody and the new manager will be looking at them.

“What they have to do is ensure they put themselves forward in a good light, and make sure the new manager coming in has a very good impression of them.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the football club and it’s about the players. I am here to facilitate the players playing well hopefully, and making sure they know what they need to do on a matchday. I am here fulfilling everything I was asked to fulfil.

“It’s simple for me. I am here to make sure the practices on a daily basis engage the players, inform the players and prepare the players to go and play football. It’s that simple.”

Murty also spoke again about the game in the Highlands, and he reiterated his belief that the Gers shouldn’t have found themselves on the losing side.

He added: “I thought for 25 minutes against Inverness we were excellent and we deserved to win the football match. We didn’t get the rub of the green in that game, but the players put efforts in like they have done all season, and we need to make sure those efforts translate into positive results.

“I didn’t think the result was indicative of the way the game went.”

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