By James Black
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty has challenged the clubs’ fringe players to use Wednesday night’s testimonial game against Berwick to force their way into his plans and give him a selection “problem”.
Eight of the Gers’ first-team will travel to Shielfield to face Berwick in Steven Notman’s testimonial and Murty hopes they use the opportunity to get sharp and give him a selection headache for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hamilton.
Liam Kelly, Lee Hodson, David Bates, Fabio Cardoso, Carlos Pena, Aaron Nemane, Eduardo Herrera and Dalcio will all travel with the club’s Under-20’s for the game with Berwick – with Murty and assistant Jonatan Johansson also heading to Berwick – after recently facing Manchester United’s Under-23’s in a closed doors game at Auchenhowie.
The interim Gers boss insists it’s not punishment being sent with the club’s second string side to celebrate Notman’s decade of service to the Wee Gers.
“It is no good coming in and changing certain things for the first-team and then having guys who have never practised that methodology and expecting them to do it and judging them on it because that isn’t fair,” Murty said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“There will be people going to Berwick and not as punishment because I think sometimes footballers see it that way.
“It’s as an opportunity to go and get sharp, get fit and actually give me a problem.”
Murty has been in charge for three weeks after Pedro Caixinha was sacked by the Ibrox board.
The 43-year-old has led the Gers to two wins from two games after assuming control and could take the Light Blues to their first run of three consecutive wins since December 2016.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury