Graeme Murty: This is why I did not make changes in Rangers draw v Motherwell
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed why he didn’t change anything during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Motherwell, despite the Gers trailing 2-0 at the break, saying he challenged the players to take “ownership” of the game and turn things around.
The Gers quickly drew level with goals from James Tavernier and Jamie Murphy but couldn’t find a winner as they dropped yet more points in the race to finish second in the Scottish Premiership.
Murty admitted he was “screaming inside” as the Gers fell two goals behind but thinks they did “fantastically” to salvage a point.
“In the second half, I didn’t change anything tactically or personnel-wise even though I was screaming inside to take him off and change this,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I actually challenged them to stand up and take some ownership and accountability – and they did that fantastically well in the second half.”
The result has allowed Aberdeen to draw level with the Gers on points in the league table, although Murty’s side have a superior goal difference.
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The Gers face Dundee next week in their final game before the Scottish Premiership’s split.
Murty did make one enforced substitution when Jason Cummings replaced the injured Josh Windass.
Football Insider verdict:
Murty will feel vindicated to a degree in that the Gers rescued a point although many will argue he should have made changes when the Gers drew level and took the game to their hosts. One of the consistent criticisms of Murty has been his inaction with substitutions although it can be a bit unfair at times, especially when his side turn the game around. Changes could have turned the game around and secured the three points although it could just have easily cost the Gers and left them with nothing at all for their efforts.