Murty in Youth League plea to Rangers fans ahead of Firhill clash
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Murty in Youth League plea to Rangers fans ahead of Firhill clash

Rangers Academy manager Graeme Murty has called on Gers fans to descend on Firhill on Wednesday night to support the under-19s in their UEFA Youth League second-round clash with Slovan Bratislava.

Over 900 fans were in attendance for the last round meeting with Young Boys but Murty wants more this time to cheer on his side as they look to secure a playoff place.

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The Gers boss is looking for his side to “push the issue” against the Slovakians and help “get it a bit noisier” as they look to continue the recent successes of the club’s Academy sides.

“We will want to try and push the tempo and see what our opponent gives us but we have to be secure enough in ourselves to realise that we are going to cause problems for any opponent,” Murty told the official Rangers podcast.

“It would be lovely to take a lead over there but we need to make sure have a really good structure and a really good discipline without the ball and pay our opponents the due respect.

“What we need to make sure is that we bring energy and we bring the tempo and we push the issue at home because we really enjoyed the first game at Firhill. It has been an enjoyable experience for the guys and hopefully, we can get some more fans in there and we can get it a bit noisier because the boys really enjoy playing in front of a crowd.”

Bratislava got past Ludogorets on penalties in the last round and Murty’s side will be in a good position if they can take a lead with them to Slovakia in three weeks time.

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Hopefully, Gers fans respond to Murty’s call and attend in numbers on Wednesday night and get behind the youngsters in a crucial clash 24 hours before the first-team take on Porto at Ibrox.

Many of those involved will have featured in the win over Solihull Moors last week in the Challenge Cup and a win against Slovan would be another really impressive step in their development at Rangers.