RANGERS Development head coach Graeme Murty felt his side left themselves exposed as two late goals saw them beaten by Partick Thistle in their opening game of the Glasgow Cup.
Two quick-fire goals from the Championship side on the 85th and the 87th minute helped them to the victory at the C&G Systems Stadium in Dumbarton.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV after the game, Murty said: “We didn’t deserve to win, we didn’t do enough to win, we made some good chances but our decision making in the final third wasn’t really good enough and then we get exposed because of simple errors.
“It is a good learning curve for the young players, once again this is about learning it is about dealing with mature athletes and I thought for 90 per cent of the game they did it.
“We didn’t win enough of the critical moments in the game so that is the reason they lost the game.
“No one in there is under any illusions that some of our bits were really really good but in men’s football you need to win and you need to take your chances and we didn’t.”
With the game goalless going into the last five minutes, Rangers were pushing for an opener with Partick Thistle keeper Jamie Sneddon producing a great double save just before Thistle’s opener.
Murty added: “I called it as soon as we got a little bit anxious in the final third we lost a bit of structure behind our attacks and they were getting on the return and it turned into a game of basketball.
“Then we didn’t defend individually so when you leave the goalkeeper exposed you have got no chance.
“If we had a little bit more control, a little bit more composure and a little bit more concentration I think we would have seen the game out and the worst we could’ve came away with is a 0-0.
“As it turns out we made some rash decisions and then you chance it and leave yourself even more exposed and they score again, so once again a good lesson for our young players but something that we shouldn’t at this level be doing.”
There was a mix of youth and first-team players involved in the game with Brandon Barker, Matt Polster and Jake Hastie all starting for Rangers.
Murty added: “It is great minutes for them, they need to go and get minutes, they need to go and make sure physically they are ready if the first team need them and we are happy to provide that.
“I thought it was good for them to get as many minutes as they did we have to make sure obviously they are fully conditioned and don’t put them at risk but you saw flashes and glimpses of what they are about so it is good for our young players to see but our players haven’t got to look at those guys and be in awe.
“Our guys have got to realise that they are in the team, they deserve to be in the team and can they then go and be the best player in that team, that is the way you get in front of the gaffers eyes.
“If you do that on a regular basis then hopefully you can progress on.”