Graeme Murty responds to Rangers underdog claims
Interim manager Graeme Murty has revealed that he believes people questioning Rangers’ character and tagging them as “underdogs” before Wednesday’s clash with Aberdeen gave the Gers an “edge” over their rivals.
The Ibrox side blew the Dons away in a surprisingly one-sided win at Ibrox through a James Tavernier double and a goal from Carlos Pena.
The result means the Gers could overtake Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership with a win when the sides meet again on Sunday afternoon.
Murty believes people writing the Gers off as underdogs against the Dons helped his side out – and thanked them for it.
“People were talking about us being underdogs, people were talking about our character being questioned and if that gave the players a little bit of an edge going into the game then thank you very much, I think it worked wonderfully for us,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“If you can keep questioning them in that way and they respond in that way then that is fantastic because the players answered a few questions from me, from the media and from the fans.”
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Murty has been in charge since being handed the reins in the wake of Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October.
The interim boss is expected to be in the dugout for the last time when the Gers travel to Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers have won three and lost two under Murty and fans were fearing the worst ahead of Wednesday’s game with Derek McInnes’ side but there’s now some optimism among fans that the Gers will finish the weekend in second place in the league.
Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to take permanent charge at Rangers after leading Aberdeen to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifting the Scottish League Cup with the Dons.
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