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Staying calm: Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty
Staying calm: Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty

By Andy Newport

Graeme Murty insists Rangers will not get carried away after stringing four wins together for the first time in 12 months.

The Light Blues never managed to secure more than two straight victories under previous boss Pedro Caixinha.

But caretaker manager Murty has now masterminded home and away triumphs against Aberdeen as well as wins over Ross County and Hibernian.

However, the interim boss knows this streak pales in comparison with some of the feats previously managed by the club.

"Winning four games is a good start, it's a nice step," said Murty. "But it's no more than that.

"You'll certainly not hear the players showing satisfaction - more a determination to extend a good points haul. All we've done is put a nice marker down.

"Four games in this club's history isn't a great deal.

"What we have to do is reach the right levels of performance and we'll pick up points from that. But we haven't achieved anything yet."

The Ibrox side gave another display of their new-found resilience on Wednesday night as they survived a Hibs onslaught to grab a 2-1 win in Leith.

They host St Johnstone today but will not have to worry about Michael O'Halloran, who is barred from facing his parent club. The on-loan winger was previously told he had no future at Ibrox by Caixinha, but Murty now says this is being reconsidered.

Rangers' injury problems have intensified this week, with Kenny Miller a doubt for this month's Old Firm clash after tearing his hamstring at Easter Road and Graham Dorrans ruled out for three months after ankle surgery.

That could mean O'Halloran and Joe Dodoo - farmed out to Charlton - may be recalled.

Murty explained: "We've talked about all the players out on loan and we're looking at all options to help the squad."

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