Graeme Murty: Maintain this standard for rest of the season

Graeme Murty has challenged Rangers to maintain the standards they set in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Aberdeen for the rest of the season, writes Stephen Halliday.

The Ibrox side have been plagued by inconsistency since the start of the campaign but produced their best performance yet as James Tavernier’s double and a Carlos Pena strike saw them climb back up to third place in the Premiership table.

It was Murty’s third win in five games since taking interim charge of Rangers following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha last month.

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As he waits for a permanent manager to be appointed, a subject sure to be raised when Rangers chairman Dave King hosts the club’s agm in Glasgow today, Murty feels the current squad of players finally fulfilled their potential last night.

“I see these fellas train every day and I see the level they can get themselves to,” said Murty. “They’ve just upped it tonight and have shown the level they need to be at for the rest of the season. It has to be the benchmark. That level of intensity, that grit, that fight and that level of quality.”

It was a dismal evening for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes. He will seek an immediate response from his team when Rangers travel to Pittodrie this Sunday but it is a match which will see McInnes without the services of on-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie who was sent off for two bookable offences last night. Gary Mackay-Steven, who limped off in the second half, is also likely to be absent for the rematch.

“It was all we deserved tonight,” said McInnes. “Rangers were far brighter than us in the first half. We were negligent. We were better in the second half and took more responsibility. We need to carry that on to Sunday and I expect us to make a better fist of it. “