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Rangers players can handle Celtic pressure, says boss Graeme Murty

Rangers players can handle Celtic pressure, says boss Graeme Murty

Rangers manager Graeme Murty says his side failed to do the basics right in their 3-2 defeat by Celtic at Ibrox. They then came up with a brilliant, brilliant win.' Rattled by the intensity of Rangers early in the game, Dedryck Boyata - playing his first game in over a month - gifted Josh Windass a third-minute opener.

The former England global took to his personal Twitter account on Sunday to wish look to Rangers ahead of what is bound to be their biggest game of the season so far, while also having a bit of a dig at Celtic.

"I'm not one to look over the fence to see what the neighbour has, because that's irrelevant to us", he said, before adding, with no apparent irony: "They obviously feel really, really confident but we've been there before - when they were going for 55".

Murty explained: "Russell felt a disruption in his back and we have de-loaded him, we are going to see how he goes with a bit of treatment".

'We played well and showed that toughness and character you need.

"We have to maximise our attacking threat and make sure we go into the game, at home, and try and take the game to them."

Murty told the media: "We have to respect what Celtic are about, we understand the threats that they bring, they didn't win the league previous year for no reason".




Rogic equalised eight minutes later with an absolute screamer from outside the box, but Rangers were once again in the ascendancy through Daniel Candeias, only for Celtic to go in level at the break when Moussa Dembele struck. Three points are on offer to us, as they are for Celtic, and if we get them then we put ourselves in a fantastic place to go and finish the season off really strongly.

"I'm desperate to experience the atmosphere", he said.

"He's agile, he's quick, he's got that calmness with the ball and I thought he was very good with Dundee".

However, just before the interval a long ball from Celtic skipper Scott Brown under pressure from Candeias in his own half saw Dembele race past Gers defender Bruno Alves and lob Foderingham for the leveller. "It was an vast performance considering we went behind very early in the game".

"We've come here four times and won four games, so we believe we can win here all the time now".

They talked all week but we do our talking on the park.

'But, of course, how it works for goalkeepers is that it takes something to happen for him to get an opportunity.


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