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Murty is urging Gers stars to prove they deserve to be at Ibrox

By Andy Newport

Graeme Murty admits he is already feeling the pressure of managing Rangers just one game after being given the Ibrox reins on a permanent basis.

But he has now challenged his Light Blues squad to prove they can cope with the demands of playing for Gers after slumping to back-to-back defeats to Kilmarnock and St Johnstone.

Murty was told on Friday he will be in charge for the remainder of the season having overseen nine games during his caretaker stint since taking over from Pedro Caixinha.

And he has demanded a reaction when his side face Motherwell tonight after twice throwing away leads in those consecutive losses.

"The pressure might increase on me because it's now 'my team', if you will," said the club's former Under-20s boss.

"They are still the same players I inherited and I'm still the same person.

"We have to make sure that the players are calm about my role and that it's still not really about me.

"It is still about them and when they do their work. I've finished most of my work by 2.50pm on a normal match day.

"I can make substitutions and I can give instructions, but I have to give over responsibility for the performance to the players because the players have to perform.

"That's the part that is frustrating for me, because the players do display ability, fight and bravery at times. But we need it to be all the time.

"When the players walk out onto the pitch, they need to execute.

"There are times when we do, but there are frustrating times when we are not near the right level."

Saturday's loss to Killie means the former Reading defender has now won just six of the 10 games he has presided over since predecessor Caixinha was axed.

He said: "The Aberdeen games are the classic example.

"Had we managed it well, they could have been a watershed moment for the players in terms of understanding the intensity and the level of quality required.

"I'd hoped we'd kick on from there. But it's frustrating that we can't show a level of consistency where we are able to display that level of quality for longer.

"However, that remains the benchmark of the quality we need that the players have to look at."

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