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'Proud' - Murty reacts after teenage duo promoted into Rangers first team

By James Black

Rangers Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty admitted he was “proud” of Ross McCrorie and Jamie Barjonas for making Pedro Caixinha’s squad – and revealed he was delighted that the first-team boss is willing to look at the Academy and promote players from within.

McCrorie started three games – including the first Old Firm of the season – when Bruno Alves and Danny Wilson both picked up injuries while Barjonas was on the bench for the 3-0 win over St. Johnstone on Friday night.

19-year-old defender McCrorie was a second-half substitute on Friday and Murty thinks that is going to be a big help to the player’s development.

“I am proud of Ross and Jamie; it’s great we are in an era when they can get an opportunity and we are really grateful to the manager for looking at the Academy and taking those players up,” Murty said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.

“For Ross to be brought on when we are seeing the game out and we are managing the game and for him to understand the consequences of that and making sure he gets the tactical thought and the going and winning the game mentality is really good and it can only benefit them.

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“I thought when he came on on Friday he looked really good and I was really pleased for him and I was pleased for Jamie getting on the bench too.”

“Knowing Jamie he will be itching and desperate to break his way into the manager’s thinking.”

Barjonas made his first-team debut in last season’s win over Partick Thistle and was one of a host of youngsters in the starting XI on the final day of last season.

Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, David Bates and Myles Beerman all made their first-team debut’s last season too as Caixinha shows faith in Murty and Academy head Craig Mulholland.

Murty’s Under-20’s drew with AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday afternoon in their latest fixture in the club’s “Academy Games” programme.

The young Gers face Liverpool at Ibrox on Friday night.

In other Rangers transfer news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.

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