Graeme Murty: This is what Rangers players must embrace v Hibernian
Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty insists his players need to “embrace” the “hostile” atmosphere that greets the Gers when they visit grounds like Easter Road and Pittodrie.
Murty praised his players for handling the atmosphere in back-to-back clashes against Aberdeen and told his players they’ll need to handle it again when they face Neil Lennon’s Hibernian on Wednesday night.
Rangers versus Hibs has taken on an extra level of bitterness after the shameful scenes which followed the 2016 Scottish Cup final when Hibs fans attacked Rangers’ players on the pitch after the final whistle.
Murty also admitted however that his side need to play their own game and take the game to their hosts.
“The players have to deal with the atmosphere,” Murty said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“The players dealt with it against Aberdeen, both at Ibrox and Pittodrie.
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“They have to go and embrace that as a Rangers player, going into environments that are hostile and are spiky.
“That is just part of it and we still need to be brave enough to go there and play our stuff.
“We have to withstand whatever challenge gets thrown at us.”
Murty has taken the Gers into second place in the Scottish Premiership after picking up three consecutive wins.
The wins over Aberdeen and Ross County were the first time the Gers have won three games in a row since December 2016 and had proven to be something of a stumbling block for the Light Blues over the last 12 months.
Murty has been handed the reins until the end of December after Derek McInnes opted to stay with Aberdeen over a return to the club he served for five years as a player.