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13th Dec, 2017 | 2:29pm

Murty targets top spot for Rangers with defiant message about rivals Celtic

Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty has insisted he is not concerned by the progress Celtic are making and has told the player to focus on themselves and “aspire to be at the very top.”

Celtic are five points clear of second-place Gers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and have a game in hand on their rivals.

But Murty thinks that despite fierce criticism, the club is in a good position and should build on that.

The Hoops are chasing a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title and if Brendan Rodgers’ side avoid defeat against Hamilton this evening, they will extend their unbeaten domestic record to 69 matches.

Meanwhile, Rangers have just won three games in a row for the first time in 12 months and are still searching for a permanent manager, with Murty in his second spell in temporary charge of the club.

However, the caretaker boss is targeting Celtic at the top of the table by telling the players there is no limit to what they can achieve.

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“We are still hanging in. We’ve been criticised, the board have been criticised, the club has been criticised, the fans have been criticised and we are in second place,” said Murty, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“If we can take all that on board and still ride it out then we can move forward and still be capable of getting positive results. If the players believe, that’s half the battle.

“Where could that take us? I don’t know, let’s see. Why put a limit on it?

“I think you should aspire to be at the very top. You should always aim for that and see where it takes you.”

Murty has also told the Rangers players to focus on building on their three-match unbeaten run and insists he is not concerned by the progress of their rivals.

“If we get closer to Celtic, great. But let’s make sure we focus on our process and our game first. Let’s not worry about Celtic, let’s concern ourselves with us,” he said.

Murty has won five of his seven matches since taking caretaker charge in October, including back-to-back victories over third-placed Aberdeen, which has seen Gers climb above them in the table.

Meanwhile, the club are still searching for a permanent replacement for Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked after just seven months in charge.

In other Rangers news, the club could sign this Premier League player in January, according to Football Whispers.

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