Murty: Alves understood decision to choose McCrorie
Teenager Ross McCrorie was picked ahead of the Portuguese veteran in defence.
Graeme Murty says Rangers defender Bruno Alves understood and respected his decision to keep youngster Ross McCrorie in the side ahead of him.
The 19-year-old central defender netted his first goal for the club in his side's 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at home in Saturday's Scottish Premiership fixture.
Alves was available again after serving the first half of his violent conduct suspension in last week's win over Hearts, which was picked up as a result of the League Cup semi final clash with Motherwell's Louis Moult.
He will complete the ban by sitting out his side's first game in next season's competition.
Interim boss Murty chose to leave the Portuguese veteran on the bench, however, after McCrorie's impressive performances of late.
"I spoke to Bruno before the game and on Friday morning before I named the team," he explained.
"I said I thought they played really well and deserved the chance to do it again. He was very respectful and understood the decision.
"I'm a big believer of dealing with the men in there as men and explaining things to them - sitting down and being open and honest with them.
"And he was open and honest with me. I think you can move forward on that basis."
"I am pleased for him and he's got a big smile on his face in there but it's very much like with your own kids. Sometimes you only see their faults and the things you want them to do better.
"But I can't take anything away from him, his application and his determination to get to the very top is apparent in all who work with him.
"I'm pleased and I think it could be a regular thing for him if he maintains this."