GRAEME Murty praised the concentration of his side as they came from behind to beat Partick Thistle 2-1 in the Glasgow Cup this evening.

The Development Squad were a goal behind after 25 seconds but responded well to dominate large spells of the game and got their reward as late Josh McPake double sealed all three points.

Speaking to RangersTV after the match, head coach Graeme Murty said: “I thought we were really bad for the first 25 seconds we gave them a goal but it happens in football and I thought the lads responded really well.

“Some of our method, pattern, quality of play and individual performances were of the highest order.

“The only thing that was lacking in the first-half was a goal so I said to the guys take the 25 seconds away from it, take the goal away from it how have we done we have done alright let’s refocus on what we are doing really well and they did that and they continued to do that.

“The encouraging part for us is they continued to believe in the process and they continued to do the right things at the right times.

“Yes they are going to make mistakes they are young people but I thought generally their reaction to mistakes and challenges was really positive so overall I am very very pleased.”

Murty was impressed with how his side remained composed after the early set back.

He explained: “We worked really hard on the mental side of the game with these guys and we look at building their mind as well as their bodies up as well as their technique and their technical understanding.

“We are looking at all areas to try and help them progress through the ranks and you could see a level of composure there that we might’ve been lacking in the past.

“I said to them at half-time we needed to do three things in the second half, we needed to keep a clean sheet, we needed to be really clinical and we needed to remain composed and I thought you saw that.

“This team have exhibited real high levels of concentration and understanding but the impressive bit is they don’t seem to get rattled as much as they would’ve done previously.

“They still get rattled obviously but it doesn’t affect them for as long which is great and we are seeing real progression and development with them in that regard.

“We have just looked at the stats there as well, we have had 48 penalty box entries and Thistle have had three so it shows you where the action areas were.

“It shows you where we were trying to get to, we were just lacking some goals and that will come.

“We need to be more clinical obviously but some of our play in and around the box and some of our individual performances particularly in the front third I thought were very very good.”

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