'It's a lonely place' - Rangers senior man opens up on crushing defeat v Celtic
Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes all four of Celtic’s goals were “avoidable through basic, good defending” – and admitted it is a “lonely place” pitchside watching your team capitulate in the manner the Gers did.
The Ibrox giants were miles off the pace against their bitter rivals as two goals in each half booked Celtic’s place in next month’s final against Motherwell.
Gers fans were left furious with the way their side surrendered so easily against the Parkhead side and Murty won’t have had many friends among the Gers fans as they watched on helplessly.
“It’s a lonely place standing on the sidelines when that’s going on,” Murty said, as quoted by STV.
“I don’t think words are enough to convey how I’m feeling right now.
“We didn’t get close enough to them or put them under enough pressure.
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“We allowed them to play too easily, all four goals were easily avoidable through basic, good defending.”
The result means the Gers have equalled a 107-year-old club record as they enter their eighth consecutive season since they last won a major trophy.
Murty will need to get his side fired up for next weekend’s visit of Hearts to Ibrox as they try to secure second in the Scottish Premiership,
Football Insider verdict:
It comes as no surprise that Graeme Murty found the touchline ‘lonely’ as the Gers were being humiliated by their biggest rivals. The performance from everyone associated with Rangers simply was not good enough and there will need to be some major steps taken to resolve whatever issues are bubbling away under the surface. With five games left, Rangers fans – and players too, probably – just want the season to be over so they can forget about the shambles the Gers have been for a few weeks. However, there is still a battle for second place on the cards and Murty will need everyone firing on all cylinders to seal their place as runners up.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.