Interim Rangers manager Graeme Murty admitted ‘something had to change’ after dropping Daniel Candeias as part of a tactical switch against Aberdeen in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Ibrox.
Winger Candeias and the injured Alfredo Morelos missed out with Bruno Alves and Carlos Pena coming into the side in a revamped 4-1-2-1-2 against the Dons.
The Gers went into the game on the back of two consecutive defeats as they went head-to-head with second-placed Aberdeen looking to close a six-point gap to the Dons in the league table.
Murty admitted he spoke with his coaching staff before making the switch an also updated supporters on Morelos’ injury that forced him to miss the game.
“Something has to change,” Murty said when asked about his alterations, in a video posted to the club’s official website.
“Talking to the staff and my own thoughts, in big games you need big players to step forward so I’m giving an opportunity to different people to go and stake a claim and put a performance in.
“It was close but it came too soon (for Morelos to play), it’s a hell of a contusion he’s got on his hip so it wasn’t fair to expect him to come back so soon.”
Despite missing their top goalscorer – Morelos has scored eight times in 19 appearances since his move from HJK Helsinki – the Gers rushed into a two-goal lead against the Dons through James Tavernier and Carlos Pena’s first-half goals.
Tavernier then made it 3-0 on 70 minutes to seal a comfortable win for the Gers.
The win means Rangers can leapfrog the Dons in second in the Scottish Premiership with a win at Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon – with temporary manager Murty expected to remain in the dugout for the Gers.
Candeias came off the bench to replace Pena just before the third goal ad played his part as Rangers saw out the win to close the gap to three points.
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