Murty: This is what I had to tell Rangers player not to do again after win v Hearts
By James Black
Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty was delighted with his players after their comeback to beat Hearts 3-1 at Murrayfield – and singled out Josh Windass’ strike for praise, calling it “fantastic.”
The Gers fell behind to Kyle Lafferty’s first-half free-kick before a double from Miller and Josh Windass’ goal secured the three points in Murty’s first game in charge since replacing Pedro Caixinha on a temporary basis.
The result pushed the Ibrox giants back into third in the Scottish Premiership as they look for their seventeenth permanent manager following Caixinha’s dismissal.
Murty also jokingly revealed that he has told Josh Windass to calm his celebrations after scoring after picking up a booking for removing his shirt after his goal.
“You look at the goals – Alfredo [Morelos] receiving the ball from Ross McCrorie’s pass, and then the pass through into Kenny [Miller] for his finish,” Murty said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
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“James Tavernier’s cross for Kenny’s header was top-drawer. Then the move and the pattern, and the way we retained the ball after getting it back from [John] Souttar having pressed really well, and three or four quick passes later, we shifted and changed the angle, Kenny’s through ball for Josh and the finish – fantastic.
“I’ve just told Josh not to take his shirt off again! But other than that, I think we just have to reinforce to the players, when we move the ball quickly, when we are brave enough to go and play, spaces will open up and we just need to do it more.”
Murty is likely to remain in charge when Partick Thistle visit Ibrox on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish Premiership and the former Scotland international will be desperate to pick up another three points as he tries to close the gap on leaders Celtic.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the current bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha and the former Rangers midfielder is apparently the Rangers board’s first-choice.
McInnes’ Aberdeen sit second in the Scottish Premiership – one point behind Celtic – and the 46-year-old has led the Dons to three successive second-placed finishes and lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2015.
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