Let The Good Times Roll

From Rangers.co.uk:

GRAEME MURTY has been thrilled with his side’s recent wins over Partick Thistle and Ayr United, but he wants more of the same when Rangers return to league duty at Hamilton’s SuperSeal Stadium on Sunday.

The Light Blues have scored eight goals in their last two outings and this weekend will face an Accies side that has lost all four of their games in 2018 so far.

Manager Martin Canning has made two signings this week – former Ross County defender Kenny van der Weg and ex-Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins – but Murty is focussed on his own players and has urged them to keep building positive momentum at this important stage of the season.

The Gers boss, speaking to RangersTV, confirmed that both Bruno Alves and Lee Wallace enjoyed full training sessions yesterday at Auchenhowie which is another boost for the club, and ahead of Sunday’s game, he said: “The way you continue that positivity is by putting good performances in, but by getting results as well. So we want to go there and get a positive result.

We created lots of chances against them last time and I didn’t think we deserved to lose, but we did lose and you get judged on results.

“So let’s put a good performance in, but let’s go there a little bit steely-eyed again, very professional, and come back with the points.

“That’s what we want. We want to go and underline the fact that we are moving forward and we are growing together as a squad. But you underline that by showing the people who only see you on a match day what we are about.

“If we do that it will really put us in a good place to kick on, and that’s what I want. I want us to underline the positive strides we are making on a daily basis here by going and putting it onto the football pitch.

“I look down south at Jurgen Klopp to a Liverpool fan, I look at [Jose] Mourinho because he’s been the benchmark and you look at Pep [Guardiola].

“Pep has a fantastic philosophy on football but there is a steely-eyed professionalism behind everything he does.

“He’s a winner, his teams are desperate to win, and for all of their pretty play and all of their nice play, that it is backed up by that determination to go and win and put people to the sword when they are on top. They’ve been ruthless this year.

I would like us to be ruthless also and if we can add that to our game I think it’s a necessary characteristic of a winning team.”

The manager hopes to see that ruthlessness on Sunday. He continued: “It’s always tight, it’s always difficult and a hard place to go and play as well.

“The pitch is a leveller at times. We saw Aberdeen go and play there earlier on in the year and put in a really good performance and not get anything.

“So we know that performances need to be backed up by results, but we are in no doubt as to the challenge coming up.

“Any time we roll into town people seem to go up 10 percent which is fine and it’s what we have to deal with.

“We’re getting better at dealing with that but we have to understand our method of counteracting them at every second, because a moment’s lapse, a moment’s lack of concentration, a moment of slackness, can really scupper what we try to do.

We have to be virtually perfect for 90 minutes so let’s accept that challenge and really enjoy that challenge.

“If we are virtually perfect it means that what we are doing on a daily basis is working and I really relish that challenge and relish the prospect of having that over us all the time.

“That will really see if our players are capable of going to the next level.”

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