'Scott says lots of things' - Murty hits back at Brown ahead of Rangers v Celtic
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has rubbished Scott Brown’s claim that Celtic are “in the heads” of the Light Blues squad – and insisted that beating their bitter rivals Sunday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final has been the Gers’ “desire” since he took the reins.
After coming back from a goal down twice to win 3-2 in the last meeting between the sides, Brown thinks his side have a psychological advantage over the Gers.
Murty thinks his side have “more than enough” to cause a problem for the champions and was adamant the gap between the two sides has “closed demonstrably.”
“Scott (Brown) says lots of things he believes are true. I believe my team have more than enough and showed more than enough to cause Celtic a problem,” Murty said,as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We obviously have to understand where they are dangerous and we understand they have good players.
“But I believe the gap has closed demonstrably. And we have to make sure the next step we take is going and winning a game because when that happens it will kick our belief to another level.
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“If you could pick an Old Firm game to win it’s this one. This has been our focus, our desire since I came in.”
The Gers haven’t beaten their city rivals since triumphing at the same stage in 2016 when Mark Warburton’s side won on penalties.
Murty’s side could take a huge step towards securing their first major trophy in seven years with a win over the Hoops – as well as shattering Celtic’s dreams of a historic back-to-back domestic treble.
Football Insider verdict:
Brown is just doing what he does before every Old Firm game and trying to get a reaction out of the Rangers players. With only one win in the last three meetings between the sides, Celtic’s dominance has waned a little and the Gers must be confident of taking something at Hampden against the champions and booking a return to Hampden next month. The gap is definitely closing but Rangers need to get over that hurdle and get a win sooner rather than later or it is going to start causing them real problems.