DANNY WILSON is confident that David Bates and Myles Beerman will have no problems rising to challenge if they are asked to play in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic.
Wilson, 25, has played alongside 18-year-old left-back Beerman and 20-year-old Bates in Rangers’ last three games against Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Partick Thistle, and so far all has gone well.
With no goals conceded and seven points collected it has been an impressive start from the talented youngsters as they’ve taken the big step up to first-team football, and although happy to offer advice if and when required, Danny insists they are doing just fine on their own.
Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at The Rangers Training Centre, he said: “I think they’ve been terrific.
“Obviously the clean sheets first and foremost, that’s their jobs and they’ve come into the team to defend, but I think they’ve offered us a lot more over and above that, especially Myles going forward. But David has been solid at the back and he’s won his duels.
It’s been good to play with them because there is a lot of pressure when you come into the team but they’ve done great and I didn’t expect anything different.
“They’ve trained with us for a large part of the season, they’ve been playing well with the 20s so if they are put in on Sunday I’m sure they will be ready for it.”
When asked what advice he has given Bates and Beerman ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm clash, he answered: “I’ve not given them any yet and I don’t really think I need to.
“If they ask me for it I would give them it, but they’ve come in and handled themselves very well.
“They’ll just approach it as another game. They are part of this team now so the manager will set the team up and I’m sure they’ll just fall in line with that and do what they have been doing.”
Danny, who made his first-team debut for Rangers against Dundee at the age of 18 having come up through the youth ranks, doesn’t expect his new teammates to be fazed if they are given the chance to show their talent at the national stadium at 12noon on Sunday.
He added: “No I don’t think so. When you play for a club you need to be ready for these kind of situations.
“Maybe they have found themselves fortunate that there have been injuries in those certain positions but it’s all about taking your opportunity when it comes along.
“What better opportunity than a semi-final at Hampden against Celtic for them to come in and do well.”