By James Black
Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty has admitted his players are ‘hurt and angry’ after the 2-0 defeat to Hamilton on Saturday – but insists they are desperate to put things right against Dundee on Friday night.
The Gers suffered their first home defeat in the league to the Accies since 1926 after second-half goals from David Templeton and Darren Lyon stunned the Light Blues.
Murty’s side travel to Dens Park to take on Neil McCann’s Dundee in the Scottish Premiership on Friday ahead of back-to-back clashes with Aberdeen.
The interim Gers boss believe the Rangers squad have shown a reaction in training this week and are keen to make get back to winning before the crucial double-header with the second-place Dons.
“There are some hurt and angry players, which is good and is how it should be,” Murty said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“There are some hurt and angry staff too, but I think it is important personally we don’t get too high when we get a success and we don’t get too low when we get a tough one to take.
“We just need to maintain our personal standards of preparation and performance, and the players definitely had a good response this week.
“You don’t have to motivate people who know they want to put things right, and that’s the vibe I have had from the players.”
The Gers currently sit in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership and trail Aberdeen by three points.
With two games coming up against the Dons in the next few weeks, Rangers’ season could effectively be over before Christmas if they fall to successive defeats.
Murty has been in charge since Pedro Caixinha’s sacking on October 26th as the Rangers board take their time to appoint a new manager.
Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish is the bookies’ favourite to take the reins on a permanent basis – eleven years after leaving after his first spell as manager.