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Rangers players know they must put things right at Dundee, says Murty


In planning: caretaker boss Graeme Murty
In planning: caretaker boss Graeme Murty

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty is focused on hatching a plan to break Dundee down despite the pain and anger of their home defeat to Hamilton Academical.

Murty's chances of landing the job on a longer-term basis suffered a blow when a 2-0 victory handed Accies their first maximum points from Ibrox since 1926.

But all the signs are that Murty will get at least one more game at the helm when Rangers travel to Dens Park on Friday night.

And the club's development coach senses his players are determined to atone for Saturday's disappointment when they face the Ladbrokes Premiership bottom club.

"There are some hurt and angry players, which is good and is how it should be," he said.

"There are some hurt and angry staff too, but I think it is important personally we don't get too high when we get a success and we don't get too low when we get a tough one to take.

"We just need to maintain our personal standards of preparation and performance, and the players definitely had a good response this week."

Murty believes the Gers' players are itching to get back to action and atone for last weekend's loss, adding: "You don't have to motivate people who know they want to put things right, and that's the vibe I have had from the players."

Rangers missed a catalogue of chances against the Accies but Murty is gearing training towards the challenge of facing Dundee rather than simply working on finishing drills.

"I thought when we didn't get the goal we became a bit frantic and a bit anxious, and we stopped doing the things we did that had got us into such good situations so often," he said.

"We are working on the specifics of Dundee and how we think we can break them down and how we think we can get opportunities from that, and putting players in those situations so they can recognise them, and then hopefully be clinical from there."

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