By James Black
Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty has revealed how abuse he received on social media site Twitter has served as a confidence boost in his management skills.
Murty had a stint in charge of the Gers in early 2017 in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation before being handed the reins again after Pedro Caixinha was sacked last month.
When the Ibrox giants hosted Hamilton in the Scottish Cup in February, Murty substituted Kenny Miller at half-time and brought on Joe Garner in his place.
Garner went on to grab second-half hat-trick as the Gers romped to a 6-0 win – their biggest of the season – and Murty revealed a fan tweeted him during the game when the substitution was announced.
“I made the decision to change from Kenny to Joe Garner at half-time, against some advice I have to say.” Murty told the club’s official website.
“Someone tweeted “Miller off Garner on, Murty you haven’t got a clue” and the abuse he got after that was epic.
“I took a screenshot of it to say that whether it works or it doesn’t work sometimes you have to have the courage in your conviction and believe in yourself.
“I have been criticised a bit for not being confident in myself and doing myself down and I thought that was a good moment for my education.”
The Gers face Hamilton again this weekend when they return to action after the international break and Murty could lead the Gers to another ladmark win over Accies – their first run of three consecutive wins since December 2016.
The interim Ibrox boss is still among the favourites to take over from Pedro Caixinha on a permanent basis and a win over Hamilton would do his chances no harm whatsoever.
The 43-year-old has been with Rangers since moving from Norwich City in August 2016 to take charge of the Gers’ Under-20 side.
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