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‘WE MUST BELIEVE,’ MURTY

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UNDER-PRESSURE Graeme Murty has promised to improve Rangers’ dire home record.

The Light Blues flopped to a 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock yesterday – their seventh league defeat at Ibrox in the same season for the first time in 103 years.

A 54th minute goal from ex-Gers striker Kris Boyd goal – his 20th of the campaign – made sure of a well-merited triumph in Govan.

The Glasgow club have now lost at home to Celtic twice, Hibs twice, Hamilton Accies, St Johnstone and now Killie in a miserable campaign.

Murty, who took over from the sacked Pedro Caixinha in October, said: “It’s not about my record. It’s about the club.

“But we know this season at home we haven’t been good enough.

“That’s been encapsulated by this game, where a team has come and been very organised and made it difficult for us to play and capitalised on us making a mistake.

“That seems to be a theme of this stadium this season and it’s one we’re keen to break.

“They know that this place needs to be turned into a fortress. We haven’t managed to do it.”

The caretaker gaffer added: “The message to the support is still believe. I have a changing room in there who keep believing.

“Sometimes on this occasion that appeared to be lacking on the pitch at times, but we need to give the fans something to believe in.

“We are conscious of that. We know that. There is a lot for us to play for this season.

“We need to make sure that we get them energised, get them involved and get them believing because the chases and challenges we are still involved in are there to be grasped.

“We need to continue making the strides I believe we can.”

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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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