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Murty calls on Rangers fans to cut the players some slack

Rangers 2-1 Ross County

By Andy Newport

Graeme Murty hopes the Ibrox faithful will get off his Rangers players' backs after they finally chalked up three straight wins for the first time this year.

The Light Blues had to come from behind to beat Ross County 2-1 on Saturday.

But that only came after an abject first-half display and the home crowd were not slow to vent their frustration after Craig Curran fired Owen Coyle's Staggies ahead 10 minutes in.

There was more life about Rangers after the break, however, and they battled back to claim their long-awaited hat-trick of victories with goals from Alfredo Morelos and Danny Wilson.

That will have gone some way to cheering the Rangers support, who remain concerned after their board's blundering attempt to lure Derek McInnes from Aberdeen fell apart on Thursday.

But Murty hopes the gritty nature of Saturday's second-half performance, combined with the display of character shown during their home and away wins over McInnes' Dons last week, will at least convince the fans to cut his team some slack.

"It will (help the crowd keep faith with team) because the players have been questioned," he said. "Everything about the club has been questioned recently by the fans. But the players managed to get over that hump and get a goal and if we had been more clinical we could have had more goals.

"We've shown we can handle it now, the boys can go on and get the win, and hopefully as well as the crowd getting a bit of faith, the players are starting to get a bit of faith in themselves."

Wilson had put Rangers ahead at Pittodrie last Sunday before he had to be taken off at half-time after taking a bang to the head.

But he showed a clear mind to nod home the winner after Scott Fox spilled the ball back into his path and Murty was thankful to have the defender back alongside Bruno Alves at the heart of his defence.

"Danny got the all clear from the medical staff and it's good to have him in the team," he said. "He's recovered well. He's on a little streak now so no doubt he'll be patting himself on the back and going forward for all the set-plays.

"We have threats and we have to make sure we harness them better. I don't mind who scores as long as we continue to score."

Rangers were given a lifeline when County youngster Davis Keillor-Dunn gifted possession in the build up to Morelos' equaliser. But Coyle tried not to be too hard on the 20-year-old.

He said: "The disappointment is that we allowed Rangers back into the game. Davis Keillor-Dunn is a young kid who is going to be a very good player but he made a bad mistake and Rangers capitalised on it.

"It was quality from Rangers but self-inflicted from ourselves.

"But we deserved more than we got from the game. For me that was very evident."

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