LEE WALLACE has added his plaudits to the many already being sent the way of young Rangers left-back Myles Beerman.
Beerman, who plays in the same position as Wallace, has taken the Ibrox skipper’s place in recent weeks as he battles his way back from a hernia issue.
Wallace couldn’t hide how impressed he has been with the Maltese in his appearances so far, and also spoke of his the overall admiration for the way the back four has coped in recent weeks.
Speaking to RangersTV.tv, the captain said: “I’ve been really impressed. I have obviously been aware of him from when he has come in and trained with the lads, and we have been aware of his qualities.
“So I’m delighted he has stepped in and done ever so well. I have watch him closely and have been talking to him over the last few weeks and been keeping him right.
“He has done great and has stepped into what has been a defence and a team which has been heavily scrutinised this season. So for him and Batesey to both step in and keep three clean sheets in a row is very, very impressive.
“The way he attacked on Saturday there was pleasing too and was refreshing to see. He played with no fear which was great to see, and it’s also great to see the work of the Academy be recognised.
“The most pleasing thing for me is the lads recognising there are two young boys who have come into the team, and what I have noticed more this season as a whole, in the last three or four games the defensive responsibilities as a team have been a lot better, and that has obviously been a lot better.
“That has helped. I think as well as the individual defending, the leadership skills shown by Danny having two younger players left and right of him, and of course Tav, there is a maturity there and then you have Wes behind them.
“So the defensive strength of the team has been a lot better in recent weeks and that’s only going to help us going forward.”
Wallace is set to miss Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic as well as the league match the following Saturday.
Having missed the New Year meeting of the two, he knows just how frustrating an experience it can be, but he revealed he will still stay involved as much as he can.
He added: “I try and keep as gripped into what is going on as possible. The last time I was involved to the point where I went to the hotel the night before and still wanted to be a part of the pre-match team talk in the dressing room beforehand.
“That will be the same this time. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen with it so soon after the operation. When I watch it on TV, it’s not as good as being onvolved on the day itself and being there, being in the dressing room and being involved in the dialogue before and after the game and being able to speak to the lads.
“This will be the case this weekend. Hopefully there will be a spare room in the hotel and I can be involved as much as I can!”
Wallace also feels the Light Blues are getting closer to Celtic, and feels his side can take real confidence from their last meeting where Clint Hill netted a dramatic late equaliser.
He concluded: “Everybody in the world had written us off and guys here there and everywhere were predicting scorelines which obviously didn’t happen on the day.
“We know what happens with the build-up in the media and the coverage day-in, day-out, and that goes with the build-up to such a big game.
“We gave a better account of ourselves in that game and it was a well-earned point and we could have scored more goals on that day. I think we gave a true account of ourselves, and when we show we are together, we can go there with a bit of belief. We certainly take confidence from that game, and we take even more confidence from the fact the run in the last few weeks has been of a more positive note.”