GRAEME Murty is hoping the Rangers Development Squad are challenged in their game with Rapid Vienna today in order to grow as Gers players.

The Under 20s face the Viennese side before the first-team take on the Austrians in the Europa League this evening.

Murty’s team travelled out with Steven Gerrard’s squad as the Rangers Academy look to mirror a senior European trip for their youngsters.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty said: “It is another challenge for the guys to go abroad, to travel with the first team and to see how they travel.

“It is also another opportunity to go and test ourselves against European opposition and then go to the first-team game and experience the atmosphere and experience the challenge.

“We are trying to mirror the first team so we have a league game and then we go and have this European challenge in between that.

“It is so the players know there is no acceptance of a dropping of level or a dropping of standard. It is hopefully preparing them well for whatever career they have ahead of them.

“We know very little about Rapid Vienna’s youth set-up, we try not to give the guys too much information before we start because we like them to figure out the problems on the pitch.

“I am there in this role to pose them problems, help them find solutions but not to give them the answers.

“We have to have people who problem solve on the pitch and these guys are trying to do that.

“I saw them do that against Spartak Moscow and we have seen that at all different levels and I saw it in the Under 18s game in the Youth Cup when they went down to ten men early.”

The Development Squad go into their clash with Rapid off the back of two high scoring wins, a 5-1 victory over Kilmarnock and a 6-1 defeat of Partick Thistle.

Murty continued: “Regardless of what their last result was we need to go and maintain our standards, so even if we were going into this off the back of a defeat we would still expect them to perform and show the resilience they need to play for this club.

“If they find it hard then good, we want them to struggle because we put these games in purposefully for them to struggle so they can grow.”

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