'Belonged on the pitch' - Coach raves about Rangers rookie after Man United clash
By James Black
Rangers first-team coach Jonatan Johansson was delighted with his side’s performance in Thursday’s 2-2 closed-doors friendly draw with Manchester United’s Under-23’s – and singled out promising midfielder Cammy Palmer for praise.
A strong Rangers side took on United’s second-string at the Gers’ Auchenhowie training base as the Light Blues management looked to give fringe players an opportunity to impress.
A last-minute goal denied the Gers a win over Ricky Sbragia’s side with the likes of Bruno Alves, Niko Kranjcar, Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera all starting for Rangers.
Midfielder Palmer started alongside Croatian veteran Niko Kranjcar in the heart of midfielder and Johansson was blown away by the 17-year-old Canadian.
Johansson admitted that he had been really impressed by Palmer – who has impressed for the Gers’ Under-17 and Under-20 sides in recent months.
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“We spoke about that, and Cammy Palmer especially had a really good game,” Johansson said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“He is a player from the Academy who I have been impressed with.
“He was playing alongside Niko and Niko spoke to him the whole game and guided him and encouraged him to get on the ball. I felt he had a really good game, so that was pleasing to see.
“It’s good for us as coaches and managers to see them in a different environment.
“When you take players out of their comfort zones and see how they react – do they get shy or do they get more confident.
“But he really felt like he belonged on the pitch and looked a player.”
Eduardo Herrera and Aaron Nemane both netted for the Light Blues in the draw against the Old Trafford giants.
The Gers return to competitive action on November 18th when they take on Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.
The Ibrox side will be desperate to close the six-point gap to league leaders Celtic with the second Old Firm clash of the season rapidly approaching.