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Watching Rangers defeat again will make me want to put my fist through the screen: Murty

Rangers 1 St Johnstone 3

By Ronnie Esplin

Bruno Alves was unable to explain Rangers’ 3-1 home defeat by St Johnstone.

Rangers went into the game on the back of four successive Ladbrokes Premiership wins and that run looked set to continue when Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos put them ahead in the fifth minute.

However, Saints midfielder Blair Alston levelled five minutes later and second half goals from Colchester loanee Denny Johnstone and his replacement Graham Cummins gave the visitors their first league win at Ibrox since 1971.

“It was very disappointing after winning four games, especially at home. It shouldn’t happen here at our home,” the 36-year-old Portuguese defender said.

“We need to try to do better the next time and still believe we can do better.

“I can’t find a reason because we are in good shape, we are training well but this kind of thing happens and it is disappointing and frustrating.”

Gers caretaker boss Graeme Murty admits the goals St Johnstone scored might have him wanting to put his “fist through a screen” in frustration.

“I was disappointed with all the goals to be honest and when I go away and have a look at them in more detail I will probably find it really hard not to put my fist through a screen,” said Murty, whose side dropped into third place behind Aberdeen and Celtic.

“That display of emotion will just be for me. It is just understanding that we showed the players what St Johnstone were going to try and do and the goals came from that scenario.

“That is the annoying part for me, not necessarily that they happened but the manner that we allowed them to happen. All three goals were quite poor.”

The Ibrox club’s Under-20s coach described the defeat as a reality check.

He said: “We didn’t get to a level of intensity, quality, aggression with or without the ball and that is really hard to take considering the level they have managed to get to in the last four games.

“When you are ‘expected’ to win and ‘expected’ to put on a performance it takes a different kind of bravery and different level of intensity.

“Possibly it is a little bit of a reality check for myself and the players as to where we are on this journey.”

Tommy Wright’s men moved into sixth place with their third successive away win, punctuated by two home defeats which left the Northern Irishman somewhat perplexed.

He said: “We are a strange team at times. At times it flabbergasts me how we can be as good as we were at Ibrox and so poor against Aberdeen and Kilmarnock at home.

“Maybe it is the fact there was more adrenaline and they were more concentrated, in front of 50,000.

“The way we set up we are difficult to beat and we will always fancy ourselves to score goals which makes us probably a better away side than home side.

“But the home record has to improve, I know that and the players know that.”

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