Graeme Murty makes claim after Rangers win against Hearts
By James Black
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has praised his players for the way they overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Hearts 3-1 at Murrayfield on Saturday and claimed that they were unlucky not to win by more goals.
Kyle Lafferty’s free-kick gave the Jambos a first-half lead before Kenny Miller’s double and a strike from Josh Windass turned the game in Rangers’ favour.
The Gers have done well away from home in recent months but have had a tendency to blow it in big games and many Rangers fans feared the worst ahead of their side heading along the M8.
The trip to Edinburgh to face Hearts was Murty’s first game since taking interim charge of the side less than 48 hours earlier and the former Scotland international believes his side showed great character to seal the three points.
“Going behind, and everything that has been said about the squad from outside and me not knowing the squad maybe as well as last time, they were put under a bit of pressure and there was a demand put upon them by their goal, and I thought they responded to it very, very well,” Murty said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
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“I thought it would have been very hard on them not to come in at half-time level, and then in the second half, I thought they really accelerated away with some good play, and we could have got more goals.
“Having done the analysis with the guys there, I think when we sorted out our style of dealing with their assets and how we initiated our attacks – once that improved and became cleaner, we dominated the game and had numerous chances to go and win the game.”
Murty is in his second stint as interim manager after also taking the reins in the wake of Mark Warburton’s shock resignation February.
The 42-year-old was in charge for six games earlier this year – including a 1-1 draw away to Celtic – and fans have very much taken to the former Reading defender.
Murty joined the Gers in August 2016.
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