'Awesome' - Graeme Murty 'couldn't ask for more' ahead of prestigious youth tournament
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Murty looking forward to challenge of Hong Kong Sevens

Rangers reserves boss Graeme Murty has admitted that he “couldn’t ask for much more” for the group of players at the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens as they prepare to play in the prestigious tournament later today.
Murty’s side will face three games today in the short-sided tournament and he believes that it is a fantastic experience for his young squad after their success at various youth levels domestically.

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With a mix of reserve and under-18 players making up the squad for this weekend’s tournament, there are a number of new faces from last year and the former interim first-team boss has admitted that some of his side are still getting used to the format and the conditions in Hong Kong.
“It’s awesome,”
Murty said in a video posted by the club’s Academy Twitter account.

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“The last two occasions we’ve been here we’ve really enjoyed our time here. We’ve enjoyed the tournament but we’ve really enjoyed the welcome. The people have made us feel so welcome, at the football club, in the hotel, and the place has been awesome for the players. As a life experience for them, we really couldn’t ask for much more.
“There’s a few lads trying to get to grips with the format. We’ve got six new ones from the group who played here last year, so they’re getting used to it. They’re also getting used to the conditions, which are a challenge for them, but if they continue to perform and develop the way they have this season then they should have a really good tournament.”
The Gers reached the final last year only to lose out to Newcastle United and after such a strong season domestically, the young squad will be hoping to go one step further this year.

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Murty’s side will face Hong Kong FC (8:40 am BST kick-off), Wolves (10:05 am) and HKFA Red Dragons (11:30 am) tomorrow with Sunday’s fixtures depending on how the group finishes.
A number of Premier League sides are also taking part in this year’s competition with Newcastle, West Ham, Brighton and Leicester among those participating.


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