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Murty holds lofty target for Gers

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Graeme Murty has told his players to "aim high" as they bid to cut the gap at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to six points.

The Light Blues moved second with a 5-3 victory at Hamilton on Sunday, sparking debate over whether Scotland has a title race on its hands.

Rangers have only added to back-to-back league wins once this season but the visit of Hearts on Saturday offers a chance to improve on that statistic following wins over Partick and Accies.

And with leaders Celtic facing third-placed Aberdeen on Sunday, Rangers know victory would improve their position one way or another.

Murty said: "We will finish where we deserve to finish at the end of the season, we will be the team we want to be, or closer to the team we want to be, by the end of the season.

"If we can carry on getting positive results, who knows what might happen?

"I said to the players just to aim high. Don't worry about anything else, just aim high and be as competitive as we can all the way through the season and have a positive end to the season."

Victory over Craig Levein's side is far from a certainty, especially as Rangers have lost two of their last four home games.

Murty said: "I expect it to be tighter than last weekend, I don't expect there to be eight goals, and I expect it to be a real challenge.

"But we are confident that the players we have, and the options we have, can cause any team in this league problems. The way we move the ball and the individuals within that structure can cause anyone problems.

"It's down to us making sure we make good decisions at the right time. But Craig has changed Hearts, he has made them much harder to score against, and it's down to us to accept that challenge of trying to break them down."

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