GRAEME MURTY has called on Rangers fans to back his Development Squad tomorrow night as they face a “proper test” against Leicester City at Ibrox.
Murty’s boys will face the Premier League club in the latest of their ‘Games Programme’ matches, and the Head Development Squad Coach is eager for as big a crowd as possible to come along to Ibrox for the 7.15pm kick-off.
He explained: “I know their head of coaching, he is a good friend of mine, and I know the physical profiles of the players they will bring, I know their attributes and I know the way they will approach the game.
“This will be a proper test – which is what we are needing. What we would like is a load of fans to come along and for our boys to see what the pressure is like.
“We’d like to have a really good crowd so we can actually expose these players to demand and to supporters who want them to do really, really well.
“That is also part of their development, and that could be the next stage in them moving beyond where they are.
“So, we know the Leicester game will be a good one and we would love it for there to be a crowd there cheering them on, and also putting them under a bit more pressure than they are used to.”
Tomorrow’s game comes off the back of last Saturday’s impressive 2-2 draw the young Light Blues enjoyed away to Manchester City.
Murty believes the sheer name of Rangers and what they are representing helped them in that game, and he hopes will continue to assist them going forward.
He added: “It’s great for them and you can totally see they are engaged with it. They are focussed, they are concentrated and going to the Etihad Campus, which is possibly the best football facility in the world, the players have to get over that initially.
“They are not going there just to make up the numbers, they are going there to perform, and we talked about that before the game – no matter who we are going to play against, they need to recognise the stature of our football club, and to understand they need to go and step onto that stage equal and produce.
“When they did that, and when they started to believe in themselves, you could see a massive difference in the players and that’s one of the challenges we are going to have to overcome this season.”
Tomorrow’s game at Ibrox is ‘Pay on the Gate’ with adult tickets at £5 and concessions costing £2. Kick-off is at 7.15pm, with entry through the West Enclosure.