Don't get stroppy and teenager-ish - Manager makes plea to Rangers rising stars
By James Black
Rangers Under-20s manager Graeme Murty is confident that the club’s Academy Games project will reap rewards for the club through it’s youth development programme.
Murty’s kids have faced Southampton and Feyenoord so far in the ambitious project embarked on by the club and Murty feels taking young professionals out of their comfortzone can only aid their growth as players.
The recent trip to Holland to face Feyenoord ended in a 2-2 draw with goals from Jamie Barjonas and Andy Dallas putting the young Gers into a commanding lead before their Dutch counterparts turned it around.
“We have to make sure that they see it as such, they don’t actually get a bit stroppy and teenager-ish, that they just accept that this is a different challenge.” he told Rangers’ official website.
“We had a session today in training where they had to come up with a different tactic to frustrate the opposition.
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“It was great to actually take a backwards step and look at the young men start to come forward and actually dominate the training session, take the training session and put their own tactics into play.”
Murty has had a fruitful 12 months in charge of Rangers oldest Academy group with a number of the U20s making their first-team bow towards the end of the season.
Some disappointing results on the pitch were tempered by the fact Murty’s side were consistently one of the youngest groups in the Development League as the Auchenhowie staff put their focus on developing players over short-term results.
The former Scotland international is delighted with the progress his youngster have been making, both professionally and personally.
He added: “Today was a really good day where they had some personal growth as well as the tactical and technical elements that we try to get in.
“They had some real good growth in themselves figuring out their own problems. It was great.”
Murty’s side have fixtures with Premier League sides Brighton, Leicester and Manchester City coming up soon and it will be a fantastic opportunity for youngsters like Zak Rudden to impress the senior management team.
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