Rangers under-19s boss Graeme Murty has lauded his players for the way they handled going a goal down to Slovan Bratislava before coming back to win 2-1 and seal their place in the UEFA Youth League playoff.

The Slovakian’s took the lead as the game neared the break before a double from Nathan Young-Coombes secured a 4-1 aggregate win for the Young Gers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Rangers manager Graeme Murty looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Murty admitted that his side could have become “frustrated” going a goal behind but was impressed with how they responded by continuing to do the things they are coached to do.

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“They could have been frustrated and they could have had a moan or a shout at the referee but they didn’t,” Murty told Rangers TV.

“They continued to play, they continued to move the ball and I thought we maximised our opportunities of getting into the final third.

“Even though we weren’t quite as clinical as I would like we still caused them lots of problem with our movement.

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“We gave them a challenge just before we went out for the first-half that we knew we had been a threat with the ball it was what we did without the ball could we maintain a really good structure and organise ourselves without the ball.”

 

Murty’s side will now need to wait a few weeks to discover their fate in the playoff round as they take on one of the Champions League pathway runners-up in a one-off game.

The young Gers could draw teams of the calibre of Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Inter Milan or Ajax and are guaranteed a home tie.

The win over Slovan is yet another impressive achievement for the Academy sides and hopefully, the youngsters continue to progress and can push towards playing for the Rangers first-team in the coming seasons.

 

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