Football - McCoist praises young players

Rangers manager Ally McCoist paid tribute to his latest clutch of Murray Park graduates after they helped to secure a 2-0 win over Clyde in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

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Football - McCoist praises young players

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Rangers' young guns helped the Glasgow side to their 23rd league win of the season

Youngster Andy Mitchell was handed his first start of the season in place of the injured Anestis Argyriou and was named as the sponsors' man of the match. Luca Gasparotto and Daniel Stoney then made their first-team debuts as second half substitutes, as a raft of injury concerns prompted McCoist to give youth a chance.

The manager said: "There were a lot of good positives. Gasparotto came on in the second half and I thought Andy Mitchell was absolutely terrific at right-back. I was delighted with him and delighted for him. Then we brought on 16-year-old Daniel Stoney at the end so it has been a good day."

He added: "The younger boys have got everything to play for - they've got their futures to play for.

"I would be very hopeful that the standard of football and the level of enthusiasm to play will definitely be there between now and the end of the season."

Goals from Lee McCulloch and Kyle Hutton secured the points on what was a comfortable afternoon for the recently crowned Third Division champions.

McCoist said: "There is always the possibility of games towards the end of the season - when the league title has already been won - being a little bit flat. One of the most important things in the remaining games is that the players appreciate they have got games to win and a job to do to entertain the Rangers support."

Bully Wee boss Jim Duffy had no complaints about the efforts of his players despite returning to Broadwood empty handed.

He said: "When you come to Ibrox, you ask for two things - discipline and commitment. I got both in abundance. We didn't really have that spark up front to cause too many problems for Rangers but in terms of work ethic, I don't think anyone could ask for any more.

"From my point of view, I can't ask for any more in terms of the commitment they gave me. The effort and commitment from the players was phenomenal. They were absolutely shattered at the end."

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