Murty Praises Scotland Call-Ups

From Rangers.co.uk:

 GRAEME Murty believes the call-up of three Rangers players to the Scotland national team proves the club are doing something right.

The trio of Russell Martin, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings all joined the Gers in January and have already been handed another chance with their country under Alex McLeish.

The Light Blues boss thinks their recognition, following in the footsteps of Ryan Jack earlier this season, shows other players that Ibrox is a good place to be.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “I am particularly pleased for Jamie and Jason, Russell is obviously a senior player who has been there before but those two guys since they came to the football club have really bought in and embraced what we are trying to do.

“They are big players for us, Jason has had to contain his frustration a little bit and is it much to his credit that he has, as it is that he has managed to get the manager’s attention through the time he has had.

“I think Jamie has been very consistently high performing and I thought arguably he was our best player against Celtic.

“I think his composure and quality on the ball is always an outlet for us and I think it is richly deserved for all three of them.

“I think it is proof that what the club are doing is working and it is also proof that what the players are doing is working, we just have to make sure we enhance that and embrace it.

“We need to make sure we continue to move forward and don’t get content. Why stop at three players in the squad? We have got other players who should be pushing on and trying and striving to get into that squad – that is their challenge.

“I keep on talking about stage and platform and the whole world was watching our game on Sunday.

“You have got to be able to handle that environment and if you do that then people will take notice and it might be your international manager.

“Coming to this place is a huge opportunity for anyone and I think more people should look at it as that because the football club and the support around it is second to none.”

Murty will be hoping to have Martin back fit for the visit of in-form Kilmarnock this weekend.

Steve Clarke’s side come to Ibrox as the Gers look to bounce back from Old Firm defeat – a reaction Murty says is vital.

He continued: “We have to make sure that as a group we don’t allow the noise outside to come inside.

“I have said to the players that every single man and his dog, who has an opinion, who is an expert, will write their column and will say all these things we didn’t do and that I didn’t do, that I needed to change this and I needed to do that and that is fine, that is no problem.

“What we have to make sure is that this group stay strong and all of that noise outside can stay right outside because we know the distance we have come, we know the progression we have made and we can’t afford for one negative to derail everything.

“The mark of the team is how we respond and I have the task to lift the boys up.

“They also have a task to make sure that some Saturday we are right back up at the top of our game, our intensity and we go and get the proper result to make sure this doesn’t continue.

“We want to go and finish the season off really strong and I said before the game that this one game wouldn’t be defining of our season and there is still lots to play for.”

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