'More of an impact' - Murty reveals what has caused Rangers slump
Rangers manager Graeme Murty thinks the recent 3-2 Old Firm defeat by Celtic has had “more of an impact” than anyone at Ibrox anticipated – and thinks it is to blame for the Gers recent slump in results.
The Gers have failed to win any of their last three games, including the Old Firm clash, as Murty admits his staff need to “reinforce the players’ belief.”
Murty’s side face Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership and the Gers boss insists his side are still capable of beating any team in the country.
“Given the expectancy in the air going into that game – from the players, from the fans, from Ibrox – and going up twice and coming away with a negative in that game has possibly had more of an impact than we had foreseen,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But we have to reinforce the players’ belief in one another and in themselves and what we’re doing to continue our journey on an upward path.
“There is lots of stuff we have changed and done that a lot of people don’t necessarily see that’s improving and getting better but we have to make sure we back up it up by putting in the performances and getting the points. We haven’t managed to do that in the last few games but I still believe this group of players are capable of beating anyone in the country on their day.”
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The Gers’ recent results have seen them fall to third in the Scottish Premiership behind Celtic and Aberdeen and the Light Blues can’t afford any more slip-ups in the race for second.
Murty’s side face a trip to Hampden next weekend to take on Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup as the GErs look to bring an end to their seven-year-wait for a major title.
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It’s clear to anyone who has watched the Gers over the last few weeks that the defeat by Celtic has taken the wind out of their sales. The Light Blues need to get back to winning ways against Dundee on Saturday if they are to have any chance of getting one over on their rivals at Hampden next weekend and book their place in the Scottish Cup final. If the Gers continue to struggle, there’s a real chance they could even fall back to fourth behind Neil Lennon’s Hibs – and potentially out of contention for a Europa League spot next season.
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