GREAME MURTY is hoping his Development squad can further challenge themselves as they take on Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.
Rangers Development side will travel to Nottinghamshire for the friendly which will kick off at 1pm.
Murty believes the experience of playing in a first-team stadium in front of a crowd will benefit some of the younger players in the squad.
He said: “We are expecting a good test, we are expecting a journey where we are going to mix some first team players in with some of the younger players so that the younger players can see what it is like to go on an extended away trip with first team players and go to a first team stadium with a crowd and have to perform as a Rangers team.
“It is always something we have been crying out for in the Academy and we are going to be fortunate to have that opportunity.
“Whatever squad we take we have got the responsibility of going and putting on a performance worthy of a Rangers team so that is good.
“The players know that they have that pressure and it is something I think they are starting to enjoy.
“Where ever we go in the world, as has been just shown by our trip to the Czech Republic, people expect a Rangers team to play in a certain manner and they are proud to uphold that.”
Tickets are on sale for the friendly, and Murty is hoping there is a good crowd to get behind the squad.
He added: “We hope that there is a crowd there, we want our young players to be exposed to a crowd.
“If they are going to be fortunate enough to progress and play for Rangers first team you have to be able to handle playing in front of a crowd and that is one thing that we haven’t been able to replicate in our programme.
“We want people there cheering, shouting, screaming, making noise and being a little bit disappointed when the players make mistakes because it is all adding to their education and making them more able to take that next step which is what we exist for.”
The game will provide another test for the squad against the English League Two side.
Murty said: “We are used to having a lot of the ball and we are used to being fairly dominant in our domestic programme but we are playing against big, strong, athletic, mature footballers which is different for us.
“It’s new for us and the players have responded to that challenge, it is a challenge they have relished and not one of them has taken a backwards step.
“They have embraced the challenge and they have come out on top so far.
“I said to the players at the start pre-season is a process you start a little bit unfit and a bit rusty and my job is to get everyone to the end of pre-season fit, healthy and raring to go for the season.
“We are about on track for that but I have to say the players have been very very professional in their off-season they have maintained their fitness really well which has enabled us to put some harder intensity stuff in this pre-season and I think it should set them up for hopefully a very very successful season.”
Ticket Information From Mansfield Town
Fans can purchase tickets online via stagstickets.co.uk within North Stand Blocks C, D & E (where away fans are housed at One Call Stadium).
Tickets can be printed at home or collected the Mansfield ticket office on the day of the game. Subject to availability, fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game at no extra price increase.
Ticket prices are £10 for adults or £5 for concessions (under-18 and 65+). Any Rangers supporters found to be in home areas will be ejected from the stadium without refund and will not be relocated to the away supporters’ section.