LIAM BURT penned a new deal recently and he’s been thankful to Gers striker Kenny Miller who has given him vital advice in recent weeks.
Miller has been working with the under-20 squad this season as he works on his coaching badges and Burt has felt the benefit of his experience there and when he has been working with the first team.
He said:“Working with the first team is a lot harder than training with the youths, but it has helped me get sharper and everyone has been really encouraging me.
“Kenny Miller has been great for giving me tips and encouraging me, but I feel part of the squad given how welcome everyone has made me.
“Kenny gives me advice all the time. When I went on in the Raith game he wished me good luck and told me to do what I’m used to doing, and that gave me a real boost of confidence going onto the park.
Burt made his debut as a second half substitute at Ibrox in the 2-0 win over Raith Rovers ans he said it was a great feeing. He continued: “Getting on was an unbelievable feeling, and it’s something I’d like to do a lot more this season and hopefully next season as well.
“I felt as if I added a good bit of life into the game, and it was great getting on at that stage with a good number of minutes left. David Weir was great too, telling me just to go out there, do what I do and not to be afraid. It was great to know that both he and the manager trusted me to go on at that stage of the game.”
Burt feels that his game has improved under Gers boss Mark Warburton and assistant David Weir, with their style of play suiting the way that he likes to play his football. He continued: “It has been great.
“They have new ideas and that suits my style of play well. I can play number 10 behind the striker or I can play right midfield and left midfield – anywhere in an attacking role really.
Both the manager and David are really good coaches who give you great advice, and it is a really high standard of training too that they have us doing on a daily basis.”
“It was a great feeling to be the captain. Hopefully when we go away later on to the next phase, we can qualify. I was involved last year and hopefully we can push on as it gave me the taste to go and do it again.
“I don’t really have any specific targets, but I want to keep training and working hard, and hopefully keep impressing the manager and be involved with the first-team squad.”