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Caixinha gives young Rangers stars plenty to aim for, maintains Murty

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers development supremo Graeme Murty has hailed Pedro Caixinha after the Gers boss followed through with his vow to give youth a chance at Ibrox.

Caixinha introduced Myles Beerman, David Bates and Aidan Wilson to his first team last term.

He looks set to continue that trend this year, with teenagers Ross McCrorie and Jordan Thompson both recently featuring in pre-season clashes.

Now Murty believes the sight of a clear pathway to top-team action will encourage others in his youth side.

The Light Blues Under-20s coach said: "It has been great for Ross and Jordan and they tell all the others straight away about it.

"They're still in the same changing room and they still get to come round and train on these pitches.

"So they tell them what they have done and what the standards are like. Jordan and Ross also filtered into our game at the weekend and their attitude was impeccable.

"They were great for the players making sure they understand what it takes to be a first-team player. They're not there yet but they are well on the road and the guys behind them definitely have something to chase.

"That's really important for young players. If you have got the excitement of going through to the next level, and you can see that and almost touch it, it keeps you energised and motivated.

"The manager came in to the players and told them, 'I don't care what your name is, if you're doing it for the 20s, I will look at you'.

"He showed that last season and, for the young players, that has got to be a real boost."

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