03 Mar Focus on Falkirk or face my fury warns Rangers boss Graeme Murty
Graeme Murty has warned his Rangers players they will face his wrath if they let next week’s Old Firm clash affect their focus before Sunday’s showdown with Falkirk.
The rejuvenated Gers have closed to within six points of Celtic, although Brendan Rodgers’ Ladbrokes Premiership leaders have a game in hand.
However, the eager Light Blues support hope their side can really turn the heat up on their arch rivals by claiming their first league win over the Hoops for six years.
But before that, the Ibrox side host Falkirk in this weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final.
And Murty insists he will only allow his squad to turn their attention to Celtic once that Bairns tie is taken care of.
“There’s anticipation with every Old Firm game but we have a really big game on Sunday that we need to take care of first,” he said.
“So any players that are looking towards that next game (with Celtic) will get short shrift from me because that would be disrespectful to our next opponents.
“I know our fans are looking to the Celtic game, I know it’s looming large on the horizon.
“But let’s take care of the next step, perform properly on Sunday and then we can give our full attention and our full drive and power to the game after that.”
Rangers are certainly marching towards what could be a season-defining double header in impressive form after their 4-1 romp at St Johnstone on Tuesday.
That victory saw the Light Blues register five straight wins for the first time since March 2016 but Murty has bigger ambitions.
He said: “When you look at the standards set at this club down the years we are striving to be up at that level – but we’re not there yet.
“Five games in a row is good and we want to praise the guys for it – but we have to continue on.
“It will mean nothing if we take our foot off the gas. We want to accelerate from here.
“The over-riding message to the players and the fans is, ‘We’re not what we need to be’. We’re on the right path but we can get better and we will get better.
“This group of players, as they understand each other more, can improve their levels and show even more control in games. I still think we’re just at the outset of our journey.”