RANGERS caretaker boss Graeme Murty refused to talk about a title race after the 2-0 win over Hearts at Ibrox.

The Gers picked up three vital points with goals from Jamie Murphy just before the break and an 88th-minute effort by defender Russell Martin.

Celtic take on third-place Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon, but Murty would not be drawn on a possible challenge from his side who have lost just once in their last 10 outings.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned, they (Celtic) are still the team to beat at the top of the table.

“I’m not sure that we are even in Celtic’s minds. They are top of the league for a good reason. They will take care of themselves and play as well as they possibly can.

“All we can do is worry about us and make sure we do our job and I thought we did our job today and that is the message we will take on.

“We will just concentrate on us and make sure we finish the season as best we can. There will be very many interested eyes from our group on that game today.

“But our group have to take solace and comfort from taking care of the business that they can take care of – and maybe they haven’t in the past – and that is the really pleasing thing for me.”

Murty added: “It was a thoroughly professional performance, but I still think we can get better.

“As good as we were at times and as many chances as we created, I have a group in there who are a little bit frustrated because they know they can do better in all aspects of the game which, for me as a manager, is a very happy thought.

“Under some pressure, when things weren’t quite clicking at times, the guys found a way to still score goals and create chances against a very stubborn and well-organised opponent.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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