'Gave us a real platform' - Murty hails under-rated Rangers duo after win v Hearts
By James Black
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has singled out ‘under-rated’ duo Ryan Jack and Jason Holt for praise after they helped the Gers to a 3-1 win over Hearts.
Two goals from the returning Kenny Miller and a Josh Windass strike secured the three points for the Gers after Kyle Lafferty had given Hearts the lead.
The midfielder pair controlled the tempo of the game and protected the Gers back-four as they got back to winning ways in their first game since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.
Murty was delighted with the duo’s performance and believes it gave his side a “platform” to build on and attack Hearts.
However the caretaker boss believes that the duo’s work will go under-rated by many with the focus mainly being on Miller’s double on his return.
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“Ryan Jack and Jason Holt started to dictate the tempo, and when you do that and you have players in skilled positions which can go and hurt teams, then you always have a chance,” Murty told RangersTV, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“I thought Jason and Ryan gave us a real platform to go and play.
“I thought when they got their foot on the ball and passed the ball around, we started to pull them out of their shape and although lots of people will get the headlines, maybe their work doesn’t go seen by a lot of people and it really see the basis for us to go and gain control and regain control of the game, and I thought they were part of the basis for what we did today.”
Murty may need to do without Jack against Partick Thistle next weekend with the Rangers mainstay due before Scottish FA disciplinary bosses over his altercation with Kirk Broadfoot in midweek which led to his third red card of the season.
Jack has been an important player for the Light Blues this season and another suspension would be far from ideal as Murty looks to build a run of form after taking interim charge.
With Graham Dorrans also potentially missing the Partick clash through injury, Murty may face a selection headache for his first game in charge at Ibrox in his second stint in charge this year.
In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.