Rangers reserves boss Graeme Murty has singled out Josh McPake for praise after the youngster filled in as a striker in the narrow 2-1 Reserve League defeat by Ross County.
McPake filled the role typically filled by the likes of Ryan Hardie or Zak Rudden but with both on loan, McPake had to step up. Despite not hitting the target, Murty was full of praise for McPake and thinks the experience will benefit his development.
“I thought Josh McPake led the line really well. He is a 10 normally or plays as a wide man, but we asked him to be a centre forward and I thought he dealt with it admirably,” Murty told
“We played some good passes into him and he looks a threat, albeit we would have liked him to score.
“But he rotated into that position and that will just add to his learning. He now knows he has to come short at times, make the game and be reliable.”
The result leaves Murty’s side clear of Ross County on goal difference at the top of the table.
Murty’s side were the dominant team in the game and thought they’d salvaged a point before a late spot-kick handed the win to County.
The Gers missed a penalty of their own through birthday boy Jordan Houston before the right-back got his name on the scoresheet.
McPake has featured for the second-string a number of times this season and impressed late last year when he scored twice in an under-20s win over Rapid Vienna.