Rangers youth boss Graeme Murty is adamant that scoring three goals away from home in Europe is “fantastic” as insisted that his players have no reason to be “down” – despite conceding an injury-time equaliser against Young Boys in their UEFA Youth League debut.
The young Gers raced into a 3-1 lead before two late goals brought the hosts level to deny Rangers a winning start in their first-ever appearance in the competition and Murty is confident ahead of the return in Glasgow.
The Light Blues host Young Boys at Firhill in three weeks and the former Scotland international believes his side will “be okay” once they “tidy a few things up.”
“Coming away from home in Europe and scoring three goals is fantastic – so there is no point in them being down,” Murty told Rangers TV.
“They have shown more than enough potential to go and hurt their opponents on the ball. We just need to tidy a few things up and we will be okay. But, once again, it was a great learning experience for the players and something they shouldn’t be down about at all.”
Despite not coming away with the win, Murty’s side impressed against their Swiss opposition and will be looking forward to the second leg at Firhill.
With the winners facing Ludogorets or Slovan Bratislava in the next round there’s a real chance for Rangers to do well in the Youth League.
After admitting that the Youth League is ‘the test’ for his players after withdrawing from the domestic reserve league, Murty will be relatively pleased with the way his side acquitted themselves.