Graeme Murty has insisted his Rangers players need to step up and show they can live up to the expectations of playing for the Glasgow giants if they want to be considered a ‘proper Gers team.’
The Gers have lost their last two games as they have fallen six points behind second-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership ahead of back-to-back clashes with Derek McInnes’ side.
The Dons visit Ibrox on Wednesday and Murty has revealed that he has told the players that everything hinges on how they perform on the pitch and not the training ground.
“I said to the players it is about performance now, a week’s training means nothing; they need to present themselves how they want to be perceived,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We want to be perceived as a proper Rangers team that embodies the values of this football club and we need to make sure on Wednesday night that we go and do that.
“I have seen the players react in a positive manner; it is up to us to enhance and embrace that mind-set of strength.
“We know that no matter what Aberdeen or any other team throw at us we are strong enough and good enough to cope with it.”
The Dons won the last meeting of the sides at Ibrox to record their first win away to Rangers since 1991.
After Wednesday’s clash, the two sides meet again at Pittodrie on Sunday lunchtime as Rangers hope to claw back the points deficit in the table ahead of a new manager arriving.
Murty won his first two games after being given the reins in the wake of Pedro Caixinha’s sacking last month – after also filling in as caretaker when Mark Warburton resigned in February.
The former Scotland international is expected to take charge of both upcoming games against Aberdeen as the board continue their search for Caixinha’s replacement.
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