Graeme Murty focused on Rangers success, not his own job prospects
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 19/11/17 4:36pm
Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty claimed he could not afford to think about his own prospects after Hamilton secured their first league victory at Ibrox since 1926.
Murty was given the chance to claim a third consecutive victory, but second-half goals from former Rangers winger David Templeton and Darren Lyon consigned his men to a 2-0 home defeat.
Pedro Caixinha was sacked after failing to achieve a hat-trick of wins during seven months in charge and Murty emerged as one of the favourites to succeed him after being trusted with the team for the second time this year.
Rangers previously declared they would draw up a shortlist after this week, but Murty would not comment on whether the Ladbrokes Premiership defeat would harm his chances.
"It will or it won't," he said. "I can't really have a thought about that. That's just noise around our performance.
"What we managed to do is get the players focused and ready for the performance. The performance didn't give us the three points. That's all I can worry about and I'm going to look on Monday and make sure, if I'm in post, the players learn the lessons from this and that they get a good week's training and go and put things right."
Alfredo Morelos missed a string of chances as he extended his goal drought to nine matches, and Templeton opened the scoring after Ross McCrorie's misplaced pass two minutes into the second half.
Lyon netted on the break with 10 minutes remaining and even then Rangers missed a series of chances, with the majority of the home support gone by the time Accies defender Alex Gogic received a second yellow card in stoppage-time.
Morelos looks a player short in confidence, but Murty said: "You'd have to ask Alfredo because, when you see him in training, he knocks them in for fun.
"We have to keep believing in the players and what we are trying to do and, candidly, I still can't believe we didn't get a goal. I think if we had got a goal, momentum would have swung back in our favour and you would have seen a different mentality and quality to our play."
Veteran striker Kenny Miller says the blame lies with all the playing and coaching staff - not just caretaker Murty.
He said: "Murts has come in and done a great job, like he did the last time, and the lads respond to what he wants done. Training has been bright and there has been a lift since he came in.
"Whether he is second favourite, favourite, 10th favourite doesn't really matter. We have let ourselves down with the result. We are all in it together, it's not about letting Graeme down or anybody else. We are all in it together."
It was 30 years ago when Accies last beat Rangers in any competition - Adrian Sprott went down in club folklore for his Scottish Cup winner at Ibrox - and Hamilton boss Martin Canning was delighted for both goalscorers.
"I'm so pleased for young Darren Lyon to get himself a goal at Ibrox," he said. "He was at Rangers as well, obviously Temps was, so it's two ex-Rangers players coming back and scoring goals, which is great for us."