Rangers 27-year-old delivers surprising verdict on Graeme Murty management

By Danny Wright

Martyn Waghorn has claimed that all the Rangers players are “on board” with caretaker manager Graeme Murty.

The 27-year-old scored a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Inverness and told Sky Sports News that the whole squad is united behind Murty.

The temporary boss has stepped up from the Under-20s to take over the first team and his three matches have yielded a narrow Scottish Cup win and consecutive Scottish Premiership defeats to Inverness and Dundee.

Waghorn’s claim that the players are behind Murty is a surprise given the nature of the team’s performances in the last three weeks.

“The players are together. It’s obviously a difficult time not having a full-time manager but we are still the same squad,” Waghorn said. “Murts knows the direction that we are going in, he’s got everyone on board and it’s us as players that need to take responsibility.

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“We know what we have to do, it’s just executing it, and on the day we weren’t good enough in front of goal.

“The last two results are nowhere near the level that we should be at, but we need to rally and stick together as a team.”

Waghorn has been in mixed form for the Light Blues this season, scoring in 12 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.

The winger has scored in two of the games Murty has been in charge of while the Rangers board look for a permanent successor to Mark Warburton who left the club earlier on in February.

Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership in their first season back in the top flight since 2011/12 when the club had to begin afresh in the fourth tier.

They were level on points with second-placed Aberdeen when Warburton left Ibrox, but they are now nine points behind the Dons who have capitalised on the Light Blues’ poor form.

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