After the Rangers Reserves victory against Hamilton on Tuesday, Graeme Murty spoke to RangersTV.
He may no longer be running first team activities, but he’s still very much an important figure at Ibrox.
The youth system is going from strength to strength and in terms of coaching, he must get the most credit.
The Gers sit on the cusp of a Reserve League title. Furthermore, sides have also secured a place in the finals of both the Scottish Youth Cup and the Glasgow Cup.
Murty insisted that wasn’t necessarily the aim at the start of the season. Yet, he has made sure the youngsters know there’s a certain expectation when they pull on the famous jersey.
“They deserve to be in the mix”, he told RangersTV.
“We didn’t actually set out to go and win the league. We set out to expose our young players. Therefore, you see our young players out on loan, you see our young players playing up.
“We wanted to make sure that even though we were going to do that, even though we were stretching the young players, they understood that if you play for Rangers, you have to try and win.
“They’ve done that throughout the season, they’ve put themselves in a good position. They had to make sure they took care of business today, and they managed to do that.”
It’s great to hear such an important member of the coaching staff at Rangers speak so openly about the aims at the development level.
Murty makes it abundantly clear that this is a player-centric model. Exposure, game time and learning are paramount.
Rangers fans want to see more Ross McCrorie’s coming through the system. Yet, at the same time, they will love that the values of the club are trickling down.
A winning mentality is crucial to making it at Ibrox, and it’s clear that fact isn’t lost on Murty.
He’s an astute operator getting the most out of a talented squad of youngsters. Week by week, he’ll be gaining further respect amongst the supporters, too.