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Taking Gers to Parkhead a scary task, admits Murty

By Andy Newport

Caretaker Rangers boss Graeme Murty admits he is daunted by the prospect of leading the team out at Parkhead.

The Light Blues' Under-20s coach has been put in charge of the first team following former manager Mark Warburton's surprise exit.

He will again take on the dugout duties when Gers travel north to Dundee for tomorrow's crucial Ladbrokes Premiership clash.

And while the Ibrox board examine their list of potential replacements for Warburton, managing director Stewart Robertson has told Murty he will be in charge for the "foreseeable future".

That has raised the prospect that the former Reading defender could still be in the post when Rangers travel across Glasgow to face Brendan Rodgers' Celtic on March 12.

Given that Warburton's side were smashed 5-1 on their last trip to Celtic Park back in September, Murty can be forgiven for admitting to a sense of intimidation.

Asked if he would be daunted by that challenge, the 42-year-old said: "Absolutely. You look at the history behind the clubs, you look at the way they are playing at the moment and you would be daunted.

"But I always had the feeling when you go to a big stadium and you are the underdog, there was no better feeling than walking out with a good result.

"However, I think it would be incredibly arrogant and presumptuous of me to even look that far forward.

"I'm just cracking on with what I'm doing, then we'll see what happens after the game."

Meanwhile, Philippe Senderos admits his Rangers displays this season have not been up to scratch.

The former Arsenal and Switzerland defender has barely featured for Gers since Warburton signed him back in August.

But when he has, his displays have been far from impressive with some glaring lapses in concentration.

Senderos made his debut at Celtic Park just 10 days after securing a one-year deal.

And it turned out to be a nightmare introduction as Senderos found himself at fault for two goals before being sent off as Rodgers' rampant Hoops went on to claim their 5-1 triumph.

After a rare outing against Partick Thistle in early October, he then went another four months before being trusted again, featuring in the Ibrox side's two most recent games against Ross County and Morton - with yet more errors thrown in.

Now Senderos, who turned 32 on Tuesday, confesses he needs to improve.

Asked if he was happy with his last two performances this term, he said: "No - I think I can do much better. It has been four months without a game, and maybe I need a bit of time, although I know we don't have time at Rangers as it is such a massive club.

"I need to step up, and every one of us needs to step up and do better and hopefully get the three points in the next game.

"I always worked hard and I was waiting for my chance. What I want is to be here and play games - I don't want to just be here and be part of the squad, so I have been pushing.

"I have been knocking on the door and eventually my chance came.

"So I am really happy about that, but now I need to put in the performances to stay in the team."

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