Graeme Murty has vented his frustration after another defeat for the Rangers Development team, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
Following on from a behind closed doors loss to Partick Thistle last week in which multiple first-team players featured, the Gers were downed by Aberdeen on Monday afternoon.
An 84th-minute Michael Ruth effort was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the Dons as a disappointing period continues for Murty and co.
FULL-TIME: Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers
Michael Ruth's late strike is the difference in this afternoon's friendly. pic.twitter.com/UyeVle4H7L
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) March 2, 2020
Since the winter break, he’s also seen his side knocked out of the UEFA Youth League by Atletico Madrid, while the Colts bowed out of the Challenge Cup at the semi-final stage.
There have been alterations to the squads on a game-by-game basis, but many of the same players have featured throughout.
“The way that we can move the ball is really really good, but we need to take chances and the thing that concerns me for this group and I sound like a broken record is they look like they are going to concede a really really poor goal from a set-piece,” said Murty, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
“There’s work to be done with the lads and there’s work to be done in terms of their mentality to understand that the game has two sides of it.
“We have the ball and we are great with that but the stuff without the ball they have to want to put as much effort into that as they do with creating.
“I think the guys need to understand that it is a harsh world football. Academy football is something that is really nice and quite protected but they need to understand they are being paid to perform and they are being paid to win.”
Clearly, Murty isn’t pleased by certain trends in Gers youth and development team performances.
There has been a lot of emphasis on instilling the ‘Rangers style’ into the Academy and ensuring that all teams approach games in the right way.
When you strip away tactics, though, the most fundamental part of a Rangers style is dominating opponents and winning matches.
In a silverware laden 2019, we saw plenty of that throughout the Academy.
However, much like with the first team, there has been a noticeable drop off since the turn of the year, and it’s something the coach is clearly anxious to address.