Graeme Murty reveals what he expects from Rangers players after bust-up
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has said he feels he is a coach who “treats everyone in the right manner” – but insists that he would “expect” that back from his players and staff after the Gers suspended Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller.
The senior duo were banned pending an internal investigation following a bust-up after the final whistle of Sunday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup thrashing by Celtic.
The Gers boss said he the players’ opinions are a “vital” part of the dressing room and is happy for his squad to question his choices.
“I’ve spoken to you guys before about being inclusive and embracing the players’ opinions on the pitch, because they are the guys who have to go and do it on the pitch,” Murty said at his press conference in the build-up to Sunday’s clash with Hearts, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Players’ opinions are a vital part of team learning and the team dynamic.
“I feel as though I’m a fairly respectful, fairly affable person who treats everyone in the right manner.
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“I would expect that kind of conduct back to me.”
The Gers have had a number of discipline issues in recent years with Miller and Wallace joining the likes of Michael O’Halloran, Harry Forrester, Joey Barton, Fran Sandaza and Darren Cole in falling foul of the manager.
Murty’s side face Hearts at Ibrox in Sunday as they look to keep their noses in front of Aberdeen in the race for second in the league.
The Dons are in action 24 hours before Rangers take on Craig Levein’s side meaning they could kick-off already three points behind.
With five games to go in the season, Murty’s side now have no room for error if they are to take second and see off the challenge from the Dons.
Football Insider verdict
Murty isn’t wrong to expect his players to treat him with respect and every time you hear the Gers boss speak about his – or other team’s players – he does always come across as doing so respectfully of them. Having got to see him work with players up close on a regular basis last season, he isn’t the type to bawl and scream at players for making mistakes and – with the Under-20s at least – is more likely to point out why something should have been done and use it to help player’s learn than shout and scream.
In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this from last weekend’s Celtic clash.