Graeme Murty: This is what Rangers squad did when Fraserburgh clash was called off
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed he gave his players the day off after Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie with Fraserburgh was postponed.
The Gers were scheduled to take on the Highland League minnows at tiny Bellslea Park before frost forced the cancellation of the time 24 hours before kick-off.
The Ibrox giants haven’t played a competitive game since the 0-0 Old Firm draw with Celtic on December 30th although they did win games against Brazilian sides Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro in the Florida Cup.
Murty admitted he was disappointed the game was cancelled but revealed he pushed his players harder on Saturday after getting a tip the game was in serious danger of falling foul of the weather.
“I was disappointed because we had prepped properly and it means we have to go back up there on a Wednesday evening but it is just one of those things, you can’t legislate for the weather,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It has been difficult for the country and we are just a minor part of what’s gone on, we just have to make sure we’re ready come Wednesday, put a lot of energy into it and get this little break out the way.
“I had a bit of a heads up before training on Saturday so we did a little bit more then possibly we would have done but we thought it looked like it would be off.
“The lads were told they had the day off so they could plan little things with their families and could go away and do that.”
The Gers will now face Aberdeen in their first game back after the winter break when the Dons travel to Ibrox on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership.
A win for the Ibrox giants would see them leapfrog the Dons in the table on goal difference as they look to secure second-place and make up ground on runaway leaders Celtic before the end of the season.
The Ibrox side will now travel north to face Fraserburgh on January 31st in their rearranged fourth round Scottish Cup tie.
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