Rangers B head coach David McCallum has praised his side’s performance despite coming out on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat by Edinburgh City yesterday, with watching first-team assistant manager Gary McAllister letting the players know he was pleased with their showing.
A goal by Ouzy See 20 minutes in was the difference between the two sides on the scoresheet, but the young Gers dominated as they aimed to replicate the style of play of Steven Gerrard’s senior side.
McCallum thinks the performance shows how well his players have taken on board what has been worked on in their first week back training, but insists there is a “long way to go” for his charges.
“We set a few targets to achieve during the game based on things we had worked on during the week and it was very evident,” McCallum told Rangers TV.
“We pretty much dominated the game in terms of possession, they have been challenged to try and replicate how the first-team play. It is very pleasing that Gary McAllister passed that message on as well after the game how he felt it was very similar.
“We know we have a long way to go to be where they are but just to see the similarities is important. Out of possession we set them some targets again which sometimes worked well and at times didn’t but it is the first game back after one week worth of training so I am very pleased.”
Rangers B getting ready for massive season for young Gers stars
With a debut campaign in the Lowland League rapidly approaching, there is a huge chance for the young Rangers players to show their potential.
Competing in the UEFA Youth League, Challenge Cup and Glasgow Cup this season will see McCallum’s squad stretched to it’s limit – but it should really help the players take that next step in their development.
The opening day clash with Bo’ness United will be one that the players and staff will have looked forward to since their place in the Lowland League was confirmed – and the club will be hoping it’s only the first step towards helping produce young talents for the first-team on a more consistent basis.