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11th Mar, 2018 | 5:42pm

'Hardest one so far' - Murty delivers verdict on impact of Rangers loss in Old Firm

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has opened up on the Gers’ 3-2 Old Firm defeat at Ibrox on Sunday – and admitted it was the “hardest one so far.”

Murty’s side were twice in front after Josh Windass and then Daniel Candeias scored but were pegged back each time before Odsonne Edouard scored the winner for the visitors.

The Gers boss thinks his side “squandered” their chance to beat the Parkhead side – killing of their title hopes in the process.

“It’s the hardest one so far, you are excited with the emotion of the game and some of the play, not all of it,” Murty said, as quoted by STV.

“You’ve got a real good opportunity and we’ve just squandered it.

“You can’t give top players space and time because they’ll hurt you and I thought they showed that.”

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The result leaves the Light Blues nine points behind Celtic after playing one game more than Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Glasgow rivals still have to meet another twice before the end of the season with a Scottish Premiership clash at Celtic Park and Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden to come.

Alfredo Morelos should have pulled the Gers level with a few minutes left on the clock but could only fire against the post from three yards out before Scott Bain gratefully clutched the ball.

Football Insider verdict:

Squandered is the perfect word to describe how Rangers let their opportunity slip through their grasp. After Celtic went down to ten men following Jozo Simunovic’s red card, the Gers looked bereft of ideas. The biggest disappointment for Gers fans will be how their side reacted to the red card and failed to make their advantage count. As good as the finishes for Celtic’s goals were, they all came from nothing chances and Murty’s defence needs to take their fair share of the blame for that. Murty will now need to get his side fired up for the remainder of the season.

In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.

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