Rangers manager Graeme Murty admitted he was pleased with the way “everyone stood up” against Hearts in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Jambos – and singled out senior trio Graham Dorrans, Daniel Candeias and Jamie Murphy for praise after their performance over Craig Levein’s side.
The Gers endured a torrid week in the build-up to the Ibrox clash with Hearts and the Ibrox boss was happy with his side’s performance but thinks they can still improve.
On-loan Brighton winger Murphy had a hand in both goals while Candeias scored one and set the other up and Dorrans had one of his best games since joining the Light Blues from Norwich last summer – and Murty was quick to praise the trio for their performances.
“I thought everyone stood up. Like I said after the game, at no point did anyone go to a position where they couldn’t receive the ball, and at no time did people look to pass on responsibility,” Murty said, as quoted by the Gers’ official website.
“We can still be more incisive, better and more technical in our play, but I thought there were good bits from everyone on the pitch.
“A few people stood out – I thought Graham Dorrans played particularly well, Jamie Murphy at times was excellent and Daniel Candeias was back to being Daniel.”
After the previous week’s thrashing by Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden, Murty’s side needed to show a reaction before they travel to Celtic Park this weekend to face the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers’ side can secure their seventh successive title with a win over the Gers on Sunday and Murty will be hoping they can make a much better go of it this weekend.
Football Insider verdict
Dorrans, Murphy and Candeias looked hungry against Hearts but need to turn that into consistent performances and do it against the Hoops. All three will be vital players for Murty over the final weeks of the season as tey try to secure second in the Scottish Premiership. Hopefully, the Light Blues show much more against Celtic this weekend at Celtic Park than they did at Hampden as they suffered a humiliating collapse. A good result at Celtic Park would give the Gers something to build on for next season as well as bringing their long run without a win over their bitter rivals to an end.
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