Murty: This one thing will help me guide Rangers to win over Celtic at Hampden Park
Rangers manager Graeme Murty thinks the distance from the pitch to the crowd at Hampden will help him stay “calm” when the Gers face Celtic at the national stadium next weekend in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
The Gers boss has taken charge of three Old Firms so far – two at Celtic Park and one at Ibrox – and admits travelling to the national stadium as a coach will be a new experience for him.
Murty’s side could take a step closer to ending their seven-year wait for a major trophy by beating the Hoops at Hampden and the Gers boss hopes to soak up the experience.
“I must say that I’ve never experienced anything like the noise that hit me when we scored the goal after three or four minutes,” Murty said, as quoted by The Telegraph.
“Being that bit removed at Hampden, where you’re further away from the crowd, I believe will allow me a bit more clarity in my thoughts to concentrate on remaining calm and giving the guys what they need if that’s what I need to do. Other than that, it will be a new experience for me.
“I’ll be like a sponge, I’ll soak everything up and hopefully the output will match the needs of the tie.”
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The Ibrox giants had the ideal preparation for the Hampden clash with a comfortable 4-0 win over Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday.
Goals from Kenny Miller, Jamie Murphy, Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias sealed a routine three points for the Gers to re-take second in the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider verdict:
For all the criticism Murty has received, there can be little doubt he has consistently learned as he has been going on as Gers boss and the trip to Hampden is another experience that will stand him in good stead in his career – whether that is at Ibrox or elsewhere. The former Scotland international could do his chances of landing a long-term contract at the end of the season a huge boost with a win over their bitter rivals. After failing to win any of their last three games, the win over Dundee also came at a perfect time for the Gers as they prepare for Sunday’s Old Firm. Whether the distance from the crowd makes a difference is another matter entirely.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.