Tottenham coach assesses performance of Rangers team

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Rangers impressed as they beat a Tottenham XI 4-3.

Tottenham coach John McDermott has praised Rangers for their high standard after they won a friendly between the two clubs 4-3.

Spurs played a youthful side against the Gers, and the scoreline was not as close as it suggests, with the visitors going 4-1 up before the home team pulled back a couple of late consolations.

McDermott, head of player development at Spurs, told the club website that the match was a useful exercise for his players and Rangers were ideal opponents.

He said: "We say it regularly – the best and hardest tests are usually when we play against men’s sides and I thought today was just that.

"Rangers were excellent. Their movement, their physicality and their approach to the game was first class and I was really proud of how our players hung onto their coattails to some extent in the first half."

Dean Shiels, James Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn and Nicky Clark scored for Rangers, with Shayon Harrison and Cy Goddard (2) on target for Tottenham.

The match was played behind closed doors away from media attention, with Rangers requesting the fixture to keep their players sharp ahead of the upcoming Scottish Cup final, taking place three weeks the finish of their successful promotion winning league campaign coming to an end.

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