'Bring it on' - Murty explains gauntlet laid down to Rangers squad
Rangers manager Graeme Murty insists the Ibrox giants”need to be challenging for the Scottish Cup this season after winning against Fraserburgh in the fourth round on Wednesday night.
The Light Blues’ biggest chance of lifting a trophy this season – their first major trophy since 2011 – is in the Scottish Cup and Murty revealed he has “challenged” his squad to do just that.
Josh Windass’ hat-trick against the Highland League minnows secured the Gers’ passage into the fifth round and a trip to face Ayr United at Somerset Park.
Murty said he understands that the Ibrox giants have to be challenging for trophies and has lay down the gauntlet to his squad to make an effort and lift some silverware.
“We want to challenge in every competition we are in so if this means us getting to a final and competing for a cup then absolutely fantastic, bring it on,” Murty said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“The squad need to be doing that, Rangers need to be doing that and I understand that.
“I have challenged the squad, I have told them what my expectations are, my minimum expectations for the season and we have taken the first small step today.”
The Gers haven’t lifted the Scottish Cup since 2009 when Nacho Novo’s spectacular winner secured the oldest trophy in world football for the 33rd time with the Light Blues’ last final appearance coming in 2016.
Murty’s side will travel to League One Ayr United on February 11th looking for a place in the last eight of the competition and move a step closer to a potential trip to Hampden on May 19th for the final.
Rangers have been involved in an incredible 52 Scottish Cup finals with the competition now in its 133rd year.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton took a swipe at Gers fans after the win against Fraserburgh.
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