Murty: This is what Rangers must do to improve disappointing home form
Rangers manager Graeme Murty insists his Gers side need to be “more patient” against teams at Ibrox after failing to win half of their home games in the Scottish Premiership so far this season.
The Gers have only won six of their 13 league games at Ibrox and Murty’s side face a huge fixture with Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon as they look to put pressure on league leaders Celtic and close the gap at the top of the table to only six points.
Despite the Gers having the best away form in the league, teams are more content to come to Ibrox and sit deep and try to hit the Light Blues on the counter – often to great success.
Hearts, Celtic, Hamilton, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Hibs (twice) have come away with at least a share of the spoils at Ibrox this season and Murty is demanding his team get to a position where they can “win every game.”
“I wouldn’t say our home record is unacceptable, but what we have to do is to put ourselves in a position where we can win every game, home or away,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We’ve managed to do that recently but we need to be more consistent in our understanding of what we’re trying to achieve.
“We need to be more patient and have a better structure at home sometimes.
“Teams aren’t going to come to us and be open and expansive – we have to understand that and so do our fans.
“We have to be content that over 95-96 minutes, we will create chances and pull teams apart. We just have to choose the right time and the right method to do that.”
With Celtic not playing until Sunday when they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie, a win for the Light Blues would see them close the gap on Celtic and open a three-point lead up on Derek McInnes’ Dons in third.
Murty’s side lost their last home game in the Scottish Premiership when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hibs.
In other Rangers news, the club have secured an out-of-window deal for a goalkeeper.