Rangers coach Graeme Murty is delighted by the availability of first-team stars like Ross McCrorie being available to him in the reserve squad, feeling their presence really helps the development of other youngsters.
McCrorie featured for the second string in league action yesterday, helping the team to a 4-1 win over Hamilton.
Along with winger Glenn Middleton, he is one of the players who can transition easily between first-team and reserve team action, knowing the set-up and players well enough to bring out the best of them.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Murty also highlighted the impact of Jamie Barjonas and Andy Dallas:
They are good lads who work extremely hard with their loan team and understand how we want to play, and it was a good opportunity to get them in front of the first-team staff as well.
So they have come in and played really good games for us and really contributed to a good win.
We also had Glenn Middleton and Ross McCrorie which the first-team allowed us to use as well which we are grateful for, and they again, understand the way we play and complement our players really well.
More than anything else, I thought four of those were really good teammates today to our younger players – we finished the game there with Cole McKinnon on the pitch, and he’s a really young pup.
It is good for his experience and good for his learning, and we had to make sure we managed the early part of the game in order for us to go and show our quality, and our first-team experience certainly allowed us to go and do that.
The Rangers reserves side now have the opportunity to go on and win their league, currently sitting level on points with Hibs at the top of the table.
The Edinburgh side though have played all their games for the season, with the Gers having one more game to play. Celtic are a threat, also level on points with one more game to play, but have a worse goal difference.
A convincing win against Falkirk in May should be enough for Murty’s side to lift the trophy, which would be a great reward for a hard season of work.