By James Black
Pedro Caixinha has admitted he was impressed with four young Rangers starlets after they were given an opportunity to show what they could do in Saturday’s closed-doors friendly with Morton.
Rising stars Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray, Kyle McMcLelland and Andy Dallas were thrown in as the Gers’ back four in the last of three 35 minute periods against Jim Duffy’s side.
The youngsters performed well against an experienced Morton side as Caixinha continues to give the Gers’ Academy youngsters chances to prove they are capable of stepping into his first-team squad.
Caixinha revealed he was happy with the teenage quartet as they stopped the Championship side from scoring from open-play.
“They played the last period,” Caixinha told RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We had Andy at right-back, Kyle who is 15, was one of the centre-halves, Lewis, who is 17, was the other one, and Scott, who is also 17, was the left-back.
“So they did very well, and in that period of time, we only conceded the one goal from a direct free-kick.
“I liked overall the three groups. They were three different groups, with a different formation in each of the periods. It was also a moment for us to try something and also for us to give minutes to the players who have not
“It was also a moment for us to try something and also for us to give minutes to the players who have not been playing.”
The closed-doors game at Rangers’ Auchenhowie training centre ended 3-3 with Kenny Miller scoring Rangers’ third goal after being recalled to the senior squad following a spell with the Under-20s.
Caixinha’s side had been due to travel to face Benfica for the Eusebio Cup last Friday however that fixture was cancelled at short notice, leaving Rangers scrambling to find opposition as Caixinha looked to keep his side ticking over during the international break.
The Light Blues return to competitive action on Friday when they travel to Perth to face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.