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11th Dec, 2017 | 9:05am

'It is difficult' - Murty makes admission about Rangers player relationships

Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty believes building strong relationships with the Gers’ first-team stars has been key to his success as short-term boss, but has admitted it has been hard to do.

Murty was handed the reins at Ibrox after Pedro Caixinha was sacked on October 26th and has led the Gers into second in the Scottish Premiership and recorded the Light Blues’ first run of three consecutive wins in a year.

The Gers are now only five points off Celtic at the top of the table after facing the possibility of falling 12 points behind second-placed Aberdeen a little over a week ago.

Murty’s side needed to dig deep to take three points on Saturday after coming back from a goal down at home to Ross County to win 2-1.

The 43-year-old admitted that building a rapport with the players and convincing them that the coaching staff can make them better is vital.

“It is difficult, but I said when I came in the first team that people definitely care what you think if they think that you care about them. It is about building relationships,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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“But also first team players have to know that you can impact them at first team level and get them success.

“So I am particularly pleased for the staff that a change we made at half time worked and Alfredo comes off the bench and scores and that Daniel has come back into the team and gets an assist.

“The players need to know that the staff around them can make them better and make them successful.

“If you can do that, as well as having a good personal relationship with them, you will go a long way to getting buy in from the players and I think we have got that as a staff.”

Murty’s side travel to Edinburgh on Wednesday night to take on Neil Lennon’s Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers are currently second in the Scottish Premiership, trailing leaders Celtic by five points, and will be hoping to build on the momentum gained after winning three consecutive games.

Murty will be in charge of the Gers until after the Old Firm clash on December 30th at the earliest as the Ibrox giants resume their search for Pedro Caixinha’s long-term replacement.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton has revealed he wanted to sign this Celtic player while he was in charge at Ibrox.

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