GRAEME Murty spoke to RangersTV after his side were defeated 3-2 in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox – the manager cut a dejected figure saying his side forgot the basics.
The Gers boss told RTV: “I am immensely frustrated because I don’t think we will ever give ourselves a better opportunity to go and win the game.
“We started brilliantly and then lacked composure, got carried away with the atmosphere and they got back into it with a good hit from them but a poor goal from us.
“Then I thought it took us 15-20 minutes to actually re-establish our composure and I think everyone in the stadium was a little bit rocked by it.
“We go ahead again and then we concede an awful goal one minute before half-time and that is a fundamental flaw and error that shouldn’t happen at this level.
“We started the second-half a little bit better; we started to have a little bit of success and the sending off was a pivotal moment.
“After the sending off we lost composure and possession, we started lumping crosses in from deep rather than actually playing through.
“Once again we gave a really really poor goal away and the basics really cost us today in terms of keeping people outside, not letting them inside and you have to be able to do that at this level, if you can’t do that at this level then you get punished.
“We then went up the other end and the first time we actually completed our pattern, how we look and how I want us to look, of playing short and sharp and intricate and through we got through, the keeper makes a save and we got a chance to score from four yards and we don’t take it.
“Those are the small margins and the basics and they weren’t good enough today, albeit that we need to improve in lots of areas.
“In the emotion of it right now, before I actually analyse all the things we need to do I am immensely frustrated for the supporters and the players because we put ourselves in a right good situation and we have come away with nothing.
It is a lack of concentration, a lack of switching on at the right times and you don’t get opportunities like that to catch up against players of this calibre.
If you give them an opportunity they go and score and it is exactly what we talked about in the brief and all week.”
Celtic went down to 10 men with 56 minutes on the clock and the game sitting at 2-2 but Rangers conceded with 21 minutes left to play to go behind for the first time in the game.
When asked if he thought there was only one winner at that point Murty said: “I did think that and potentially so did the players,
“But I still think we were too slow, we were too slow with the ball and we didn’t shift it quick enough.
“We were getting lots of success from Jamie Murphy but when they shifted over we had to transfer the ball across the pitch faster with more dynamism and then penetrate and we didn’t.
“We were happy to come out and lump hopeful balls in the box and they have three guys who are 6’3.
“I am screaming from the side lines that we need to play and we didn’t quite have that quality or composure in the final third that we have shown in the previous games, which is a disappointment.
“We pick ourselves up by going on another run and by making sure we finish the season off strong.
“I said to the players that every man and his dog on the outside will be telling us everything that we did wrong and that the players aren’t good enough, loads and loads of stuff from the outside coming in.
“We have to be strong and prove those people wrong, more than that we have to show that what we have built so far this season can’t be undone by one negative result.”
Rangers lost David Bates after just 15 minutes of the game when the defender was stretched off with an ankle injury.
Murty commented: “It affected us quite a bit because he is a good presence and he has got good pace but let’s not talk about David yet until we actually get him assessed.
“I would rather talk about the people on the pitch because they had more than enough experience and opportunity to go and win that and we have managed to throw it away.
“He has been to hospital, he’s had an X-ray on his ankle and we are waiting for the results.”