Rangers manager Graeme Murty has been left raving over the attitudes of his senior stars in training after their thrashing at the hands of Celtic last weekend.
The Light Blues capitulated at the hands of their fierce rivals at Hampden Park as Brendan Rodgers’ men strolled to a 4-0 victory, and the defeat was further marred by the dressing room bust-up which saw first team pair Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace suspended from the club.
After all the controversy of Sunday’s clash, including Daniel Candeias storming down the tunnel after being substituted, Murty, who refused to comment on the Miller/Wallace situation, took the time to praise his players for showing a dedicated mentality to training, admitting it would have been easy to become distracted.
When asked if he retained the support of the squad, he was quoted by the Scotsman as saying: “Yes – because I’ve trained with them all week. I’ve seen them work. They are thinking about Sunday (against Hearts).
“I don’t want people coming off the pitch happy at being beat. I want people who want to win. As long as we’re all pulling in the same direction, those are the kind of personalities we want.
“The players are pulling really hard together. They’ve had a week where it could have been really easy to allow things to distract them – they haven’t.
“They’ve focused inwards which has been really good for me. I’ve spoken to Daniel too.
“In an ideal world [he’d have stayed on the bench], possibly. But we’re all humans, emotionally-driven animals, so when that emotion gets hold it’s difficult to suppress.”
Football Insider verdict
The fallout from the semi-final defeat was far beyond what any Rangers fan could have expected going into the clash but credit has to be handed to Murty. The English boss has had to deal with an extraordinarily tough situation and he seems to have managed it with a dignity and professionalism that the likes of Miller and Wallace were lacking in the dressing room. Keeping the squad on side is crucial in such a scenario and to hear they are all pushing to bounce back is great for the Light Blues. Also, acknowledging that passions were running high against Celtic and discussing Candeias’ strop head on demonstrates a boldness and maturity some others would struggle to show.
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