Graeme Murty has previewed tonight’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup action, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
The Rangers Colts travel to Stair Park to face Stranraer in a 7.45pm kick-off.
#RangersFC will play in the second round of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup tomorrow evening.
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Murty’s side got through to the second round courtesy of a 2-1 victory over League Two outfit Berwick Rangers. Goals from Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake were enough despite a second-half fightback from the hosts.
There was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI that night, though. Frozen out first-team winger, Eros Grezda, who cost a reported £2m from Osijek last summer [Scottish Sun], got a run out despite comments from his agent suggesting he’s close to leaving the club [Daily Record].
The Gers website advises that Murty has the same squad to choose from this time around. However, his pre-match comments suggest he will pluck for youth and therefore, the 24-year-old may not be involved.
“We will be very young but that is great for us”, he said, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “We will have minimal first-team involvement but once again it allows our young players to step up and get a game.”
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While Grezda is apparently available, it would be surprising if Murty labelled his side as ‘very young’ while all the while intending on fielding an established senior international.
Furthermore, these comments all but confirm that neither Jason Holt nor Joe Dodoo will feature, as they remain in limbo.
The point of entering this competition is to give junior players experience and to let them find out what they’re capable of against adult opposition.
Hopefully, Murty sticks to his word and fields a team full of Academy stars, for what promises to be a tough away encounter.
If they can progress to the third round, it would mark real progress after last season’s exit at the first hurdle.