RANGERS Development head coach Graeme Murty was pleased with the leadership shown from his players as they came from two goals down to draw with Hibs this afternoon.
An 87th minute penalty scored by Nathan Young-Coombes and a 90th minute header from Jamie Barjonas got the Gers level late on at The Hummel Training Centre.
Murty said: “I thought some of our play was really good, but I thought at times we were too easy and too passive when they had the ball.
“We talked about the guy who created the second goal, how to deal with it and how to make sure we stopped the supply and how to deal with him when he had the ball at his feet and low and behold he goes and does exactly what we have talked about so those things are disappointing but the manner in which the guys responded I was really really pleased with.
“I was pleased with the fact that they drove it as well, we asked them to deliver intensity.
“We asked them to make sure that they are in charge of motivation and getting round people who are maybe having a hard time and give them encouragement.
“I thought we showed good leadership today, there were a lot of players on the pitch who stepped up and took charge of their area and made their teammates around them better which is encouraging for us.”
Rangers were forced into an early change after just two minutes as Jack Thomson had to come off after a strong challenge from the kick-off.
Murty added: “It was a good test it was a very very physical one, unfortunately we lost one of our players really really early and I am going to go and check on Jack now and see if he is ok, but we responded to it ok, I said to the players after the game they deserved nothing less than a draw.
“I’m going to go and see how he is, it didn’t look good, we just hope and we pray that he has not taken as serious one because it is so early.
“He has worked extremely hard this pre-season and he has looked really good we hope that it is something we can get him bouncing back from really soon.”
The young development side were again joined by more experienced players as Jamie Murphy and Eros Grezda started the match.
Murty added: “Jamie actually asked to play, so for him to want to come and play in this group I think shows that he trusts this group.
“He knows that we are going to give him the ball and he knows that we can handle the ball and we can actually serve as a vehicle for him to get to where he wants to be.
“Having Eros with us as we have done, he is a full international, the guys got electric feet and an understanding of the broader game that our guys sometimes don’t have so for us to learn of them is really good.
“Our guys are in charge of their own careers and they have to drive their own careers now and having those guys along will give them guidelines and steps on how they are going to make improvements but ultimately they need to own it and push forward with their own development.
“I thought you saw people learning and taking steps towards that today so as an exercise and as a game I thank Hibs for coming and being as challenging as they were.
“Our guys need to be challenged, they need to be pushed and they need to be stretched and I thought they managed to overcome most of the challenges that we saw in the game.”