Murty explains tactical decision in Rangers defeat to Celtic
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has explained his decision not to go gung-ho in search of a goal after Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic was sent off in last weekend’s Old Firm clash.
Some Gers fans were furious with Murty after the Light Blues contrived to throw away a one-goal lead twice to lose 3-2 to their bitter rivals but the Gers manager doesn’t think he got it wrong.
The Gers boss didn’t throw Jason Cummings on from the bench in a bid to force the Celtic defence into making another mistake despite Light Blues thinking that was the first thing he should have done after the Bosnian was dismissed.
Murty revealed he watched the game back several times and claimed that in the ten minutes before Odsonne Edouard scored the winner, the Hoops only managed to get out of their own half once.
“I watched the game back three or four times,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“In the 10 minutes up until they scored their third goal they got out their half once.
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“Alfredo (Morelos) has a one v one with the keeper and we’re dictating the tempo. But for some defending that wasn’t our finest moment, we’re in control of the game.
“I got Jason (Cummings) on, I took Sean (Goss) off, dropped Josh (Windass) back. We are looking at the areas to try and hurt them.
“What I didn’t want was too many cooks trying to spoil the broth. I wanted enough people to have the creativity, but enough spacing to make sure we actually maximised the pitch, rather than just play a flat line against their big guys.”
The result has effectively killed offany hopes the Light Blues had of wrestling the title away from their bitter rivals this season, although the Gers have a chance to stop Celtic’s dreams of a historic back-to-back treble by dumping them out of the Scottish Cup next month.
Murty’s side return to action on Saturday afternoon when they face Steve Clarke’s in-form Kilmarnock side at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite complaints from fans, there is very little Murty got wrong against Celtic. While it might have been the “obvious” thing to put another striker on, it would have left the Gers short either in defence or midfield. Pulling a central defender off and leaving a back three of Declan John, James Tavernier and Bruno Alves or Fabio Cardoso would have been crazy while taking the likes of Sean Goss or Greg Docherty would have allowed Celtic to flood the midfield and dictate the tempo of the game.
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