Competition Time!


GRAEME MURTY says he has introduced more competition into Rangers’ training in a bid to get more from his players.

The caretaker boss is using incentives in order to implement the changes he wants his inherited squad to make.

Murty admits he has made slight alterations to the schedule which Pedro Caixinha had in place at the club’s training base and says he has had a positive reaction.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “I have changed the schedule slightly; I have changed the intensity and the meaning of the days slightly.

“I have given them a day off in the week to go and recharge and go and spend some time with the family.

“The work is more about the implication of the session rather than always being about a specific element.

“You reward players by giving them goals or bonuses in their competition, because players love competition.

“You make the competition about the elements you want to get out in the next game, so if it is about crosses give them three goes to score from a cross.

“That is how you get the learning or tactical bit in without being too overt about it. There will be times to be overt and put things in place and say this is what we are looking for but the lead up can be more implied.

“The first-team guys are good guys, they want to do a really good job and they want to play and be challenged, they love competition.

“They happen to be professional footballers because they are good at what they do and the positivity I have felt hasn’t necessarily changed.”


With a squad containing seven Portuguese and Spanish speakers Murty could have struggled with communication but he said the language barrier has been no issue.

He smiled: “I have had that relationship before with some of them and I am starting to build that relationship now with some of the newer players and I am getting to know about them.

“I would like to praise their professionalism because it is not easy when a new voice and face comes in, it can be disconcerting but they have gone after it hard and worked really well.

“I have been impressed with the way they have integrated and interacted with one another which if you believe reports from outside the club that was not always the case but I haven’t found that to be true.

“The language barrier hasn’t been too tough because you have Eduardo Herrera and Bruno Alves who speak fabulous English and if there is a complex part to the session then they can translate. I always make sure everybody understands.

“You have to make sure you chose your words with care because some of the slang you don’t get away with because you just get a blank look!

“I have to say if they have a question they are straight out with it and they want to know things.”

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