GRAEME MURTY was delighted with Rangers’ 6-1 Scottish Cup win over Ayr United at Somerset Park on Sunday, but he admits the diamond formation he used in midfield, with two strikers in attack, still needs a bit of work.
The manager picked a midfield four to face the Honest Men with Sean Goss sitting deep behind Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty, and Josh Windass ahead of them providing support to Alfredo Morelos and Jason Cummings in attack.
The result at the final whistle shows a lot went right for the Light Blues on a freezing cold but memorable afternoon and speaking to RangersTV this morning, the manager gave his thoughts on the overall performance from his side.
He said: “It worked as a diamond in the fact of that we got our full-backs high, we kept the ball and Jason and Alfredo got chances, but we need to do more work on their build-up, on their runs and their movement.
“We also need to do work with Greg on his understanding of the outside of the diamond and how we’d like to play it.
I thought Sean and Greg looked better as a two rather than Sean just sitting on his own, because that allows Greg to see the game in front of him.
“But I thought that, all told, we created numerous chances from the full-backs joining in with late play.
“Declan and James epitomise the attacking threat that a full-back needs to bring now in the modern game in the final third.
“I thought that the supply line those two provided really caused Ayr problems and allowed our front three, as it was at the time, to go and really concentrate on being in the box and being a threat.
“To get five goals from those three [Morelos, Cummings and Windass] I thought was a fantastic return and I think we need to find a way to utilise the threats that we have.
The goals that we scored, and the people that have scored them, just underlines I think the strength that we can have if we move the ball quicker, if we move the ball with more tempo.
“I thought in the first half each individual took too many touches. I thought we took at least two touches too many to shift the ball to a different area.
“Once we started to shift the ball quicker as we talked about at half-time, I thought that Ayr found it really difficult to defend the width of the pitch.”