Forget sexy football, this is what Rangers have added under Murty
Rangers struggled to a 2-1 win over Neil Lennon’s Hibs on Wednesday night after falling behind to a ninth-minute goal for the second time in five days.
Graeme Murty’s side struck back through Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass in a game the interim boss told Sky Sports post-match coverage was to be “endured rather than enjoyed.”
Over the last five-and-a-half years, playing “the right way” has become a near-obsession for some Rangers fans but it’s hard to dispute that the Gers are doing what matters most – winning games regularly.
The Light Blues have racked up four consecutive wins for the first time since December 3rd last year as they have closed to within five points of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
The Hoops have a game in hand over their Old Firm rivals but have been far from their best and have been dropping points left and right in the last few months.
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The wins over Hibs, Ross County and Aberdeen at Pittodrie proved to have been – in Murty’s words – games that were “endured rather than enjoyed” but the Gers came out victorious.
In recent years, games like the 2-1 wins over Hibs and County were exactly the sort of games previous Rangers sides would have collapsed and suffered an embarrassing defeat.
Now, we can forget about that ‘sexy football’ idea as there appears to be some sort of steel in Murty’s Rangers side which is driving them on to grind out results even when they are second-best for long spells of games or struggling to break down a team’s defence.
Obviously, everyone wants to be able to go to games or tune in on TV and see their team playing like something Pep Guardiola can only dream of but, as long as they are winning games they are doing the next best thing.