GRAEME MURTY admits the last few days have given him a chance to form a bond with his Rangers squad after he assumed interim control at Ibrox.

The Under-20 boss was asked to step into the dugout following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in the aftermath of the draw with Kilmarnock.

Murty led his side to a 3-1 win over Hearts last weekend and has made the most of the time with his players as attentions have turned to the visit of Partick Thistle this afternoon.

He said: “Actually, this week has been really enjoyable. It’s been bright and it’s been a real pleasure to get on the training pitch and get to know the players better.

“I’ve started to build up relationships with players I previously didn’t know. We’ve had a good week.

“It is a bit different from last time because I’m having to build new relationships with people I didn’t previously know.

“There can be a disconnect when that happens so it’s up to the staff that we make them as comfortable as possible and get to know them as people, and not just as players.

“I’ve had a good chat with a few of them. They now know how I like to work.

“They’ve sat in with me and know the standards I like. I believe they’ve understood what I am about.”

Murty had a six game stint in charge of the Gers earlier this year as he took over from Mark Warburton at Ibrox.

But he has inherited a new-look squad this time around after Caixinha overhauled his Light Blues ranks during the close season.

Murty said: “They call me many names. I am generally Murts. Some say gaffer.

“I have told the lads to call me what they like. I’ll still be me.

“Whatever they call me won’t change my role of how I perceive myself.

“Whatever people think of me outside the club is perfectly fine, as long as the players understand the messages I’m trying to get across. If they do them I’m quite relaxed about this.”