Murty: It would have been really easy for Rangers to do this after Old Firm thrashing
Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes it would have been “really, really easy” to let outside influences dominate in the aftermath of last weekend’s Old Firm thrashing by Celtic – and insists his side are focused on getting back to winning ways against Hearts on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership.
The Light Blues have been surrounded by chaos following the 4-0 Hampden humiliation with captain Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller suspended and a number of other stars involved in bust-ups during and after the Scottish Cup semi-final clash.
Greg Docherty, Alfredo Morelos, Daniel Candeias and Andy Halliday were all involved in bust-ups last weekend but Murty believes his side have moved on from the Hampden horror-show.
Murty believes his side have trained well in the build-up to the meeting with Hearts and insists the club is the “most important thing.”
“It would have been really, really easy to let things outside our control and our gates dominate and they haven’t. They’ve focused on the training and trained really well. That leads me to believe they have got their minds set on putting in a performance on Sunday which is all I need to see,” Murty said, as quoted by The Herald.
“We’ve got to put in a good performance on Sunday. The club is and always will be the most important thing. Come Sunday, you have to make sure you go and have prepared yourself properly throughout the week regardless of personal attachments or friendships.”
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The Light Blues are currently 13 points behind bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership ahead of this weekend’s fixtures as they look to secure second in the table.
With five games left in the campaign, the Gers face a challenge from Hibs and Aberdeen to finish best of the rest.
Murty’s side face both Aberdeen and Hibs over the next few weeks with the Gers really needing wins against both to make sure of second place.
Football Insider verdict
The Gers need to show some sort of positive reaction on Sunday and get back to winning ways or it could be the start of a slippery slope to fourth in the Scottish Premiership. Murty’s side simply haven’t been good enough in recent weeks and need to show something to try to get fans back onside after last weekend’s humiliation against Celtic. If Murty’s side offer up another insipid performance like last weekend then Ibrox won’t be a nice place to be with the fans already on the brink of turning.
In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this controversy from last weekend’s Celtic clash.