Graeme Murty: This is what Rangers failed to deal with in draw v Motherwell
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has insisted the 2-2 draw with Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership is nothing to do with the recent 3-2 Old Firm defeat by Celtic – and admitted the Gers failed to deal with a “very specific” threat in the Motherwell side.
The Gers fell 2-0 behind at Fir Park before two quick-fire second-half strikes from James Tavernier and Jamie Murphy restored parity.
Murty revealed the Gers changed “mindset rather than tactics” after the break to haul themselves back into the game as they coped much better with Motherwell’s attackers.
“No, it’s down to this game, we just didn’t deal with Motherwell’s threat,” Murty said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“It’s nothing to do with any previous game, we just didn’t deal with a very specific area of trouble to our team and it caused us problems.
“We changed mindset rather than tactics in the second half and dealt with it much better.”
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The result leaves the Gers 12 points behind Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership and allowed Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen to pull level on points – with the Ibrox side having played one game more than either.
The Light Blues face Dundee next weekend at Ibrox before a Hampden Scottish Cup semi-final the following week with Celtic.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s as likely the result against Motherwell has anything to do with the Old Firm clash any more than it does the defeat the following week to Kilmarnock. The Gers have been really poor defensively in recent weeks and have been progressively getting worse since the winter break. Murty needs to get his defence sorted as soon as possible of the Gers’ winless run could be extended when Dundee visit Ibrox next weekend. David Bates has been a big loss for the Gers but there’s little reason why the experienced pair of Russell Martin and Bruno Alves shouldn’t be able to deputise without looking quite as hopeless as they did in the opening 45 against Motherwell.