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‘ALFREDO WILL ANSWER CRITICS,’ MURTY

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GRAEME MURTY is positive Alfredo Morelos will overcome last week’s day of frustration against Falkirk to show his qualities against Celtic this afternoon.

The Colombian striker failed to hit the net in the 4-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over the Championship side at Ibrox.

But the Rangers caretaker boss said: “I’m really confident Alfredo will play with confidence.

“He’s got high standards. He knows how good he can be and when he falls below that standard he gets frustrated with himself.

“This is an opportunity for him – and the other members of the squad – to prove that the business we have done in January, and previous to that, has been good.”

A Rangers win would inevitably improve Murty’s chances of moving from interim manager to a permanent appointment.

However, he refused to get involved in speculation. He said: “You will have to ask other people.

“People will say I should get it, people will say I shouldn’t get it, people will say I will be defined by this one game. I like to think we can crack on in the league and finish really high.

“It wouldn’t do me any harm, but if we shoot ourselves in the foot because we forget to finish the season off properly, everyone, this football club and all of the players who need a new contract, it will do them immeasurable harm.”

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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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