Murty ex­pect­ing a stark im­prove­ment at Dens

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

RANGERS care­taker man­ager Graeme Murty wants a stark im­prove­ment from his play­ers af­ter his first match in charge.

Murty was handed the reins less than 48 hours be­fore Sun­day’s Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup visit of Mor­ton and led the team to a 2-1 fifth-round vic­tory.

The for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional has thanked his play­ers fol­low­ing Mark War­bur­ton’s shock de­par­ture.

But the Rangers U/20s coach has left them in no doubt that he wants a ma­jor im­prove­ment in per­for­mance for Sun­day’s Lad­brokes Premier­ship en­counter with Dundee at Dens Park.

Murty said: “I was pleased with their at­ti­tude, I was pleased with the way they han­dled them­selves be­cause it is not easy and your head is all over the place.

“It is dif­fi­cult to try and please a new man­ager, even though con­sciously you’re not do­ing it, you’re just play­ing the game, but sub­con­sciously you’re al­ways look­ing at: ‘What does he want? What is he af­ter?’

“But I thought they got past that bit and got past a re­ally chal­leng­ing start when we con­ceded the goal and I have just shown them in anal­y­sis that there were some re­ally good bits of play, we just didn’t sus­tain it.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween our good bits and where we want to im­prove are a bit stark at the mo­ment, well they were on Sun­day.”

The 42-year-old added: “We have talked about por­tion­ing those things up and I have come away from the anal­y­sis with a re­ally pos­i­tive out­look on it and I hope they have as well.

“We have sat down and the thing I have re­ally en­joyed the most was the play­ers’ en­gage­ment, they have re­ally been hon­est and open and re­ally en­gaged with what we have done.”

Dundee boss Paul Hart­ley.

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