Interim Graeme Murty to do things his way during time in charge at Rangers

February 16 2017, 5.09pmUpdated: February 17 2017, 2.53pm
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Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty has vowed to do it ‘my way’ for the remainder of his stint in the Ibrox dugout

The Light Blues Under-20s manager is again likely to be in charge of the side when they take on Dundee at Dens Park this Sunday.

He was given temporary command of the Gers squad ahead of last week’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Morton following Mark Warburton’s shock exit.

The former Scotland international started with the same 4-3-3 system which was the trademark of the Glasgow giants under their now departed boss.

But he switched to a 4-4-2 set-up as they struggled against Jim Duffy’s Greenock outfit, with the move eventually producing the 2-1 win which booked their place in the last eight.

Now he has said he will continue to trust his own instincts for however long he remains in the post.

Speaking to RangersTV, Murty said: “I am just as I was, I am fortunate to be in this position and until I am told differently I will do the job to the best of my ability.

“What I have said to the players today is I am not going to try and be anyone else – I can’t do it because I would fail them and I would fail myself.

“I have shown them a bit of my personality and my values and if I get replaced tomorrow then I get replaced tomorrow but I couldn’t hand on heart do the job without telling the team that first.”

Murty, 42, hung up his boots as a player back in 2010 following stints with York, Reading, Charlton and Southampton.

And he admitted it is strange now to find himself managing a group of players that he once played alongside and against.

But he said he is determined to help improve the players while he has them under his charge.

“It is quite odd managing those I’ve played with or against, there is Clint, there is Kenny Miller, there is Martyn Waghorn,” he said.

“It is difficult in one way and it is not because having played against them or with them you get a little bit of credibility.

“I spoke to Rob Kiernan on Tuesday actually, I had finished the session and I was walking in and he was doing some striking with Lee Hodson.

“I walked away and left a throwaway comment about technique and he turned round and looked at me and said ‘I’ll try it.’

“And he tried it and went ‘Oh, the ball moves nicely,’ and I was thinking that is no different to how I would interact with the 20s players or how I interacted with the 18s at Norwich, it is just understanding the person.

“I was told very early on in my coaching career by the first mentor I had, a guy called Steve Greaves, that people will care what you think if they think you care. I care about the group and I care about the people in the group.

“I care not just about the player but the person, I care about his personal circumstance and I care about his life. Hopefully the first team will get to understand that.

“Most of them knew me and that is down to the fact we work quite closely with the first team.

“A lot of them have been in the 20s squads. We have had Rob Kiernan, Philippe Senderos, Danny Wilson, Joe Dodoo and Harry Forrester.

“I have been round watching the gaffer work, I have been in his analysis sessions so they know me as a face, they know me as an employee and hopefully now they are getting to know me as a person.

“It is about how you relate to people and it is about understanding people and giving them the right tools to do their job.”

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