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HAND STAND, STAND-IN MURTY APOLOGISES

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RANGERS’ stand-in boss Graeme Murty has apologised to the supporters for the team’s “unacceptable” display in the 2-1 flop against Dundee yesterday.
It was the first time in 25 years the Ibrox side had lost at Dens Park and he admitted there was anger over the performance of his players who couldn’t come back after trailing 2-0 at the interval.

Murty said: “The fans have been through the wringer and they deserve better than we gave them.
“We can say we’ll endeavour to put those things right and at half-time we addressed certain issues, but we need to be better in terms of showing commitment.

“It’s disappointing. It’s not really easy to put in words the emotions myself and the players are going through.

“We have to be better than that and it’s not acceptable, we know that and they know that, and we’ll take this on the chin.

“But there’s no doubt, that’s not acceptable.

“Dundee were particularly aggressive, there was an organisation to them and they tackled hard. We didn’t match that till half-time.

“If you give any team 45 minutes and a two-goal head start it’s hard to get back into it.

“It’s incredibly frustrating. I didn’t think we got any control on the game or managed to disrupt their pattern and shape.

“We didn’t implement the things we wanted to do and we didn’t control the ball and pass it the way we expect them to.

“Dundee had made the game what they wanted it to be.”

Murty is likely to be still in charge on Friday night when the Gers travel to take on Inverness Caley Thistle in the Highland capital.

They have at least two games against Celtic – 30 points head of the faltering Ibrox men – still to play this season and they have lost the previous three while conceding eight goals and claiming only two consolations.
And with Aberdeen now six points ahead, second place is beginning to look less than likely.

Murty said: “You saw a team that have struggled to turn it around when things went against them. When your confidence takes a knock that can be a symptom.

“But there are more than enough characters in the squad to turn it around.

“We just need them to come to the fore, grab the game by the scruff of the neck and change the manner of it.

“There’s a long way to go. If we apply ourselves and hit maximum heights anything can happen. Right now I’m just thinking of this game.

“The far-reaching bits of the league and who’ll finish where – I’m not concerned with that.”

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