'Fine margins' - Graeme Murty makes admission about potential Rangers title challenge
Rangers manager Graeme Murty admitted he isn’t surprised that people are talking about a possible title challenge from his side this season but insists they are not where he wants them to be yet.
The Gers could close to six points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic with a win over Hearts on Saturday ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ side facing third-placed Aberdeen on Sunday.
Rangers haven’t been involved in a title challenge since winning the Scottish Premiership in 2011 and the prospect of the club winning their 55th league flag has fans excited.
Murty believes the possibility of a title race is “good” for the league after Celtic lifted the last six titles without any real competition.
“No, because people are taking points off one another in a way that hasn’t necessarily happened in the last few years,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Hibs have taken points off us, we’ve taken points off Aberdeen. Kilmarnock have taken points off Celtic.
“It is going to be down to fine margins. What we have to make sure is that we look at the season as a whole. Are we improving and getting closer to what we want to be doing?
We are getting closer but we are not yet where we want to be. We are moving in the right direction but the evolution of this group and squad will be revealed at the end.
“I think it’s good for the league that we are still talking about challenges and pressure at this time of the season.”
Since the winter break, Murty’s side have won six of their seven games – the 2-1 defeat by Hibs being the only blemish – and the Ibrox giants face a Scottish Cup quarter-final with Falkirk next weekend.
After falling well behind their Old Firm rivals earlier in the season, if Rangers can somehow complete an unlikely title triumph it will surely go down as one of the Gers’ greatest successes.
Murty will be hoping to guide the Gers to success and earn a long-term contract after taking the reins until the end of the season following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking.
In other Rangers news, the club have secured an out-of-window deal for a goalkeeper.