'It wasn't perfect' - Murty makes admission about Rangers win v Hearts
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has praised his players for dealing with the “difficult” circumstances surrounding the Scottish Premiership clash with Hearts – although the Gers boss admitted his side’s performance “wasn’t perfect” as they picked up a 2-1 win.
Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias secured the three points for Murty’s side to take them back above Aberdeen on goal difference in second in the league table.
The Gers dominated the game against the Jambos at a subdued Ibrox but Murty thinks there are “good signs” in the Light Blues’ performance.
“The circumstances were difficult. In the game, in the stadium and I asked the players to stick together and deliver intensity throughout the game, and be brave in their play,”Murty told RangersTV, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“It wasn’t perfect but there was good signs of the kind of characters we bring to the game and they managed to handle it.”
Murty’s side face Celtic next weekend at Celtic Park with the Hoops hoping to wrap up a seventh successive Scottish Premiership crown against their bitter rivals.
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The Light Blues will be desperate to avoid that happening and will be a bit more optimistic following the win over Hearts.
Football Insider verdict
The clash with Hearts was always going to be difficult after the Hampden humiliation but the Gers coped really well with the added pressure and gave a fantastic reaction to last weekend’s result. The Gers were a bit wasteful in front of goal although the fact they were creating chances and finding ways through Hearts’ packed defence will have been promising for Murty. The result should also give the Gers a confidence boost going into the final four games as they try to secure second in the table ahead of Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen.
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