By David Woods

4th Apr, 2018 | 2:28pm

Unacceptable – Murty launches blistering attack on Rangers players after abject failure in Motherwell clash

Graeme Murty has said that his side’s first-half performance against Motherwell was unacceptable.

Rangers went 2-0 down after 16 minutes at Fir Park on Saturday, before mounting a comeback in the second half with two quickfire goals from James Tavernier and Jamie Murphy.

However, they coudn’t find a winner and had to settle for a point, which leaves them in third, three points behind Aberdeen.

Hibs are only one point back in fourth.

Talking in the Scottish Sun, Murty said: “Watching the re-run, the players executed things we practise in training really well at times.

“You then look at the first half and compare and contrast the two and the team is unrecognisable, even though the personnel is the same.

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“It doesn’t come down to personnel or the system, it’s not executing what we’re good at and not negating what our opponents are trying to do.

“I thought we were too reactive to them and let them implement their game plan too easily.

“We can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, never mind the big games we have coming up.

“The frustration is seeing how far off we were from what we deem acceptable.”

Football Insider verdict:

Strong words from Murty. He’s quick to point out that it’s not the players or the system, but their failure to execute what Murty has told them to do. He must know that his job is on the line and teetering over the edge now, and the question is can he get a reaction from the players in time? The Scottish Cup semi-final is a week on Sunday and defeat there could spell the end for him at Ibrox. If he can knock Celtic out, go on to win the cup and finish second? That’s a tall order now but it’s still do-able. Rangers can’t afford to drop any more points though. 

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