Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty looks to build on winning run

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Graeme Murty insists Rangers will not get carried away after stringing four wins together for the first time in 12 months.

Gers never managed to secure more than two straight victories under previous boss Pedro Caixinha.

But caretaker manager Murty has now masterminded home and away triumphs against Aberdeen as well as wins over Ross County and Hibernian.

However, the interim boss knows that meagre streak pales in comparison with some of the feats previously managed by the Light Blues.

“Winning four games is a good start, it’s a nice step,” said Murty. “But it’s no more than that.

“You’ll certainly not hear the players showing satisfaction – more a determination to extend a good points haul.

“All we’ve done is put a nice marker down – no more.

“Four games in this club’s history isn’t a great deal. What we have to do is reach the right levels of performance and we’ll pick up points from that. But we haven’t achieved anything yet.”

The Ibrox side gave another display of their new-found resilience on Wednesday night as they survived a Hibs onslaught to grab a 2-1 win in Leith.

Murty’s decision to throw on defender David Bates and switch to five at the back late on has drawn comparisons with the methods used by former Gers boss Walter Smith during two pragmatic Ibrox reigns.

While the current occupier of the Rangers hot-seat denied taking direct inspiration from Smith for his Easter Road tinkering, he did confess he had recently picked the former Scotland boss’ brains.

“I’ve spoken to Walter,” said Murty. “He was actually in the academy office the other day as his grandsons are here.

“We sat and had chat but to be perfectly honest, listening to the maestro talk an hour isn’t long enough.

“You could listen to him all day just because of his depth of knowledge and his feeling for the club.

“It’s always a privileged to listen to someone like that, so I’d be naive not to go in to that with as open a mind as possible.”

Rangers host St Johnstone on Saturday but will not have to worry about Michael O’Halloran, who is barred from facing his parent club.

The on-loan winger was previously told he had no future at Ibrox by Caixinha – but Murty now says that is now being reconsidered.

Gers’ injury problems have intensified this week, with Kenny Miller a doubt for this month’s Old Firm clash after tearing his hamstring at Easter Road and Graham Dorrans ruled out for three months after ankle surgery.

And that could mean O’Halloran and Joe Dodoo – farmed out to Charlton – could be recalled.

Murty explained: “We’ve talked about all the players out on loan and we’re looking at all options to help the squad.

“Some might come back but it’s still being discussed.

“We know Michael well. He’s an established Premiership performer, so if he was to come back he’d add something to the squad.

“But we need to assess all our options carefully and make the best decision for the club.”

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