JONATAN Johansson said he was impressed by the hunger his younger players showed in the Gers friendly against Berwick Rangers.
While seven first-team players got a run out in the testimonial game it was the Development Squad representatives who the First Team Coach picked out for praise.
Johansson is taking this team alongside Billy Kirkwood in the absence of Graeme Murty and was thrilled with the display the side put in, winning 4-0 with goals from David Bates, Aaron Nemane, Serge Atakayi and Jordan Thompson.
Speaking to RangersTV: “I am very pleased with the result and some of the performance,
“We didn’t start too well and in the first-half I think we took a bit too long on the ball, we were playing too much individual football but after we got it going iI thought we were really good.
“I thought second-half was much better and we looked quicker on the ball, more confident on the ball and they couldn’t handle the pace of it.
“Overall I am pleased we won 4-0 because that makes it a great game but we can always do better.
“I was very impressed with the younger players, they were very hungry today. I said to them keeping a clean sheet is great.
“But the way we kept the shape the whole way through the game shows they have good understanding and I was happy with their recovery pace when they lost the ball both in the presses and the getting back.
“Their positions were really good and that shows a lot of determination and reaction. There were some really good performances, I hate picking players out because there were some really good displays.
“I spoke about Cammy Palmer last week and he continued that form this week, I think he has a really good understanding of the game,
“Young Serge, who I know from Finland, played really well in the second-half and he took his goal really well/ Jordan Thompson was great tonight too and scored a brilliant goal/
“I was impressed by Liam Kelly too, we have been practising a lot with him through the week to play the ball from the back and I think he did it really well. He was brave on the ball and I think that makes it easier for the defence.”
Liam Kelly, David Bates, the returning Fabio Cardoso, Lee Hodson, Dalcio, Aaron Nemane and Eduardo Herrera all played at least an hour at Sheilfield Park.
JJ continued: “It is difficult sometimes when you basically mix two sides together and you don’t practise on the training filed beforehand.
“All we asked for was good attitude, show what you can do, keep shape, be positive with the young lads and I think they did that.
“I thought they got a really good workout and it was pleasing to see Fabio (Cardoso) back from injury and we wanted to get everyone as close to 90 minutes as we could.
“I have to pick Lee Hodson out because he has been away with Northern Ireland this week and it was a difficult week for him mentally.
“He came back yesterday after a terrible flight and to come and give a performance like he did today was really good so I am pleased for him.”