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Why I need all Rangers players to be like Jason Cummings, explains Murty

Ross County 1 Rangers 2

By Andy Newport

Graeme Murty thanked Jason Cummings for bailing out Rangers against Ross County as he opened his Light Blues account.

The Ibrox men had to grind out a 2-1 victory in Dingwall despite taking an early lead through Daniel Candeias.

Gers dominated Owen Coyle's men during a slick first-half display but dropped off after the break.But just as County were starting to grow in confidence, Murty threw on loan recruit Cummings for Alfredo Morelos and was repaid as the 22-year-old struck his first goal since moving north from Nottingham Forrest.

Former Liverpool frontman David Ngog pulled one back for the Staggies in stoppage time but Murty's men clung on for the points.

"I told Jason before he went on to go and get me a goal because we had just started to come under a bit of pressure," said Murty. "He had a little bit of moan at Daniel Candeias for not laying him the ball before the goal.

"And he goes and finishes like that. You know what you're going to get from him, and from Alfredo as well. We have finishers at the club, we have options, and I think you saw bits from us that were very, very good.

"He's got that bit about him. You don't think the club is too big for him, you don't get that impression. You get the impression he is relishing and loving life at the moment, which is good. It's my task now as the manager to get all the squad like that."

Cummings' winner sparked a pitch invasion as dozens of Gers fans spilled onto the grass to join the striker's celebrations.

The incident could yet land the Ibrox side in trouble but Murty can understand the jubilant reaction. He said: "Our support is phenomenal. They get excited, they want to celebrate with their heroes and Jason was the hero for them today. Obviously the players' safety has to come first."

Candeias struck after 21 minutes but his 20-yard effort should have been stopped by County goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, who let it fly through his hands.

Gers allowed their pace to slow after the break but the introduction of new signing Greg Docherty and Cummings gave them fresh energy.

And they were on course for victory when the former Hibs striker pounced on Ross Draper's misplaced pass with eight minutes left, drove forward before sliding home his first ever top-flight goal.

Ngog was given his chance in stoppage time after a Russell Martin handball but home boss Coyle felt his should have had an earlier spot-kick after David Bates used a hand to keep out a Draper header.

"They were both penalties - but the one that wasn't given looked an even bigger penalty," said Coyle, whose side now sit six points adrift at the bottom of the table.

ROSS COUNTY: McCarey, Naismith, Souttar, Fraser, Van Der Weg, Gardyne, O'Brien, Routis (Chow, 8 mins), Draper, Keillor-Dunn (Schalk, 77 mins), Curran (Ngog, 54 mins). Unused subs: Fox, Effiong, McKay, Dingwall.

RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Bates, Martin, John, Goss (Docherty, 74 mins), Holt, Candeias (Halliday, 83 mins), Windass, Murphy, Morelos (Cummings, 77 mins). Unused subs: Alnwick, Cardoso, Herrera, Kranjcar

Referee: Steven McLean

Man of the match: Jamie murphy

Match rating: 7/10

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