Rangers boss Graeme Murty backs Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos to keep improving

Rangers boss Graeme Murty has tipped hat-trick hero Josh Windass and his strike partner Alfredo Morelos to keep on improving.

Windass celebrated signing a new contract this week by scoring three times in Rangers’ 5-3 triumph over Hamilton at the SuperSeal Stadium.

Morelos, meanwhile, contributed a goal and two assists as Rangers moved back above Aberdeen and into second place.

The pair now have 31 goals between them but Murty says there is much more to come from the duo.

“That tally is a reflection of where they are currently but both should use it as a stepping stone to improve in all aspects,” said Murty, who insists he is relaxed about the on-going transfer speculation surrounding Morelos.

“They are young, maturing and there is still more to come from them.

“As happy as I am, they will get better and stronger. This is a lovely marker on their journey but they will improve.”

Windass’ treble extends his hot streak to nine goals in five games – but Murty joked that the Englishman should not have been awarded his first effort in Hamilton after Accies keeper Gary Woods fumbled his strike into his own net.

“Are we giving him the second goal?” he asked. “I’m harsher than you lot – I wouldn’t give him it!

“When Josh opens up and gallops in the final third, he’s hard to deal with.

“He times his runs well, he makes great lines and he finishes well. He needs to work on parts of his game but I am glad we tied him down on a new deal.

“Josh has the qualities we require to get to where we want to be as a football club.

“I’m pleased with the win. I told the players that they’d been handed a chance to go second and they couldn’t turn it down.

“It was vital that we backed up what happened with Aberdeen yesterday with a good result. We managed to do that and hopefully we can keep pushing.

“We don’t want second at this stage of the season to be the highlight of our careers – we want it to be a stepping stone to where we want to go.”