RANGERS caretaker boss Graeme Murty insists he will not change his footballing philosophy as he prepares for his second game in charge.
The Under-20s manager will take the Ibrox side to Dens Park on Sunday to face Paul Hartley’s Dundee where ex-boss Mark Warburton won 2-1 earlier in the season.
Murty was pitchforked into the hot seat following the controversial departure of the Englishman and his backroom team a week ago and was relieved as they squeezed past Morton 2-1 in the Scottish Cup-tie in Govan.
The former Scotland international said: “I am just as I was, I am fortunate to be in this position and until I am told differently I will do the job to the best of my ability.
“What I have said to the players is I am not going to try and be anyone else – I can’t do it because I would fail them and I would fail myself.

“I have shown them a bit of my personality and my values and if I get replaced tomorrow then I get replaced tomorrow, but I couldn’t, hand on heart, do the job without telling the team that first.”

The 42-year-old former Reading defender retired as a player in 2010 and admitted it is now strange to find himself managing some footballers he once played with and against.

He said: “It is quite odd. There is Clint Hill, Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn. It is difficult in one way and it is not because having played against them or with them, you get a little bit of credibility.

“I spoke to Rob Kiernan on Tuesday, actually, I had finished the session and I was walking in and he was doing some striking with Lee Hodson.

“I walked away and left a throwaway comment about technique and he turned round and looked at me and said: ‘I’ll try it.’

“And he tried it and went: ‘Oh, the ball moves nicely,’ and I was thinking that is no different to how I would interact with the 20s players or how I interacted with the 18s at Norwich.

“I care not just about the player, but the person, I care about his personal circumstance and I care about his life. Hopefully, the first team will get to understand that.”


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