By James Black
Interim Rangers boss Graeme Murty has revealed Pedro Caixinha would schedule training sessions so that the club’s Under-20s could watch the first-team in action.
The now-sacked Rangers boss wanted the Gers’ prospects to see what being a first-team player for the Glasgow giants entailed and Murty thinks this brought about improved training sessions from the youths.
The bulk of the club’s Under-20 squad trained with the first-team squad at one stage under Caixinha as he put faith in the Light Blues’ homegrown talent.
Murty thinks this had a positive influence on his squad and aided the development of youngsters like Jamie Barjonas, Ross McCrorie and Aidan Wilson.
“If the 20s had a session, we would often schedule it so we were able to go and watch the first team train – to see what it’s like to be a Rangers player, to look and listen.
“They’d always come back and talk about the noise, the intensity, the demands.
“That led to their own sessions improving in those regards.”
Murty was given interim control of the first-team in the wake of Caixinha’s sacking on October 26th, stepping up for the second time in 2017.
The former Scotland international has won both games he has been in charge for this time around and will be in the dugout against Hamilton on Saturday when the Gers take on Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.
The 43-year-old is third-favourite to replace Caixinha on a permanent basis and a win over Martin Canning’s side would do his chances of landing the job on full-time.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is the favourite to be appointed as Rangers’ next manager.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury