GRAEME MURTY was pleased to see his recent signings Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss perform well on their first starts for Rangers.
Both players got 45 minutes in tonight’s Florida Cup match against Atlético Mineiro and showed flashes of what they will bring to the squad.
Murphy’s was skilful and direct on the left wing while Goss sat deep in midfield and pulled the strings while using his left boot to produce a range of passes to his teammates.
Murty, speaking to RangersTV post-match, said: “I thought Sean and Jamie both added to the squad and showed little glimpses of what they are about.
“Hopefully with a little bit more work and a little bit more integration they could be really positive for the second half of the season.”
The Gers squad has also been bolstered by the return of Andy Halliday and Michael O’Halloran from their recent loan spells away from Ibrox and they both featured in the second half against Atlético this evening.
The manager continued: “It’s good and we got lots out of it.
I want to get out of this with a good understanding of where we want to go, some good foundations laid for the rest of the season and a fully fit squad. That’s going to be the key for us.
“Hopefully we can get there but I thought the guys coming back maybe had a point to prove. I thought both of them showed good glimpses.
“I thought Andy was going to have to come off or get sent off and I asked him at the end of he was ok. ‘Yeah I’m fine’, so why were you limping for the last 10 minutes then?
“But he is what he is. He’s wholehearted, he understands what it means to play for the football club and I think you can just see when he turns out every time for a Rangers team he wears his heart on his sleeve.
“That’s good for us and all the people we have mentioned there added to the collective and that’s what I’ve challenged the group to do.
“I’ve challenged the group to add to everything that we are doing, be positive and be an energiser.
“We know only eleven can play, we know only a certain number can go in the squad, but if you are not part of those you still need to bring energy and you still need to add to what we are trying to achieve.
“The guys have bought into that and hopefully it will carry us forward into the season.”