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22nd Apr, 2018 | 6:21pm

Graeme Murty makes claim about Rangers fans after what they did in win v Hearts

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has claimed Rangers fans were “fully within their rights” to protest after supporters held up banners criticising the club’s direction on and off the pitch.

Fan group, Union Bears, unfurled two banners saying “no fight, no pride. Nowhere to hide. Incompetent on & off the pitch. We deserve better” and “mindless behind the scenes, heartless on the pitch.”

The Gers boss revealed his hope that that fans were happier with the performance in the 2-1 win over Hearts than they were last week’s display.

“The fans are fully within their rights to do what they see fit. I’d never ever go against their wishes,” Murty said, as quoted by BT Sport.

“But I said to the players we had to generate an atmosphere in the changing room for ourselves.

“If we wanted something from them we needed to put on a performance and I thought there were times when we were on the brink of clicking into a high gear.

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“I hope the fans saw some passion and intensity and a bit of quality. I thought the players stood up after a hard week.”

Ibrox was far more subdued than usual with the Gers support remaining quiet for large spells of the win over Hearts.

The win over the Jambos means that the Light Blues could now be travelling a title party next weekend with defeat by Celtic in next weekend’s Old Firm clash securing the Hoops seventh consecutive title.

Football Insider verdict

It isn’t a surprise that some fans felt the need to protest after last weekend’s Old Firm disaster. The Gers need to be much better next weekend when they visit Celtic Park and avoid the shame of having to endure seeing their biggest rivals celebrating clinching the title. While Murty has come in for more stick than others, he deserves a bit of credit for acknowledging it and not simply brushing it off and claiming he hadn’t noticed the banners held up at the start of either half.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this from last weekend’s Celtic clash.

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