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HAND STANDING STAND-IN MURTY THANKS ‘CLUELESS’ McAVENNIE AND WALKER

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COMEDY CLUB SEVCO RANGERS caretaker boss Graeme Murty has thanked former Celtic favourites Frank McAvennie and Andy Walker for writing his team talk before the meeting at Parkhead tomorrow.
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He branded the former Hoops double-act “clueless” as his team bids to become the first Scottish side to defeat Brendan Rodgers’ champions this season.Murty could be taking the team for his last game in charge with reports insisting the Ibrox side have sealed a deal with Qatari club Al-Gharafa for incoming boss Brother Pedro Caixinha, who could arrive in Glasgow prior to the High Noon shoot-out.
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Sky pundit Walker claimed Murty’s team, who trail Celtic by 33 points, are weak, timid, lack heart and have never been more scared of his old club.
His comments came a couple of days after former strike partner Macca said Celtic could win 8-0 rack up a record score in the fixture.Murty, who has managed the team to three wins in five games, said: “They’ve done my job for me. I don’t have to motivate the team.“I’ve picked up all the headlines of all the experts outside of our group who don’t really know the players, the personalities within the group, but have made these sweeping statements.

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“I’ll pin them up and say to the players: ‘That’s what the world thinks about you. What do you think about yourselves? What are you going to do about it? Go and put it into effect on Sunday.’“That’s the bottom line. People can think what they like about this group of players, but they have a fantastic opportunity to change everyone’s minds.“I always liked going to a stadium where you had no chance. It was like that throughout my career as I played for small clubs.

“We are behind at the moment at Rangers (sic) and people are throwing things at the players. I’ve told the players no one expects them to win.

“However, they have a fantastic opportunity to get off on the right foot with the new manager and make a statement about where they want to be.

“The opportunity is there for them to be successful.”Murty added: “It’s going to be very difficult. We’ve looked at the way Celtic problem-solve during games and at their assets and how they go about winning matches.“It’s all very positive. We’ve really enjoyed looking at their weapons these last few days, while trying to come up with a way to counteract them.

“But you can sometimes look too deeply into things and forget to go and be great yourself.

“We acknowledge where they are strong, but we need to put into effect what we’re good at, as well.”
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