DANNY WILSON was delighted that 20-year-old centre-half David Bates and 18-year old full-back Myles Beerman helped keep a clean sheet on the Rangers debuts against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.
In a frustrating 90 minutes at Rugby Park which finished goalless, Bates and Beerman produced solid displays after their surprise midweek promotions to the starting eleven, and Wilson was impressed with the way they coped going up against experienced Killie strikers Kris Boyd and Conor Sammon.
He said: “I thought they both handled themselves really well, much like I expected.
I’ve played a couple of 20s games this year when I have come back from injuries and they have both been in the team, so I knew what we were going to get from them.
“Obviously it’s a different environment for them going into the first team but they both stood up to it well and they can hold their heads high.”
Wilson is confident both defenders will again rise to the challenge if they are asked to play against second-placed Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.
He added: “Absolutely. We have had injuries over the course of the season but I don’t think we have had as many in one position at one time.
“So that is a bit unlucky for us but it is why the youth academy is there.
“The players will want to progress, to push in, and when these opportunities come along they need to take them.
“I think the two boys did that on Wednesday night so even if they are called upon on Sunday they will be more than ready for it.”
While Danny was happy that Rangers did well to protect Wes Foderingham’s goal against Killie, he was disappointed they were unable to secure three points.
He said: “I think it’s just kind of symptomatic of our season really.
“If you look at the games, we have drawn far too many that, if we had taken the lead or maybe just got that wee goal or taken that half chance, things would have turned out different for us.
“I think that was just the case on Wednesday and it was another frustrating night for us.
At the back we were fairly solid given that we had two debutants in there and I thought they handled themselves really well, it was just at the other end of the pitch we just couldn’t quite make the difference.
“Like I said it has probably happened one too many times this season and we can’t quite put our finger on why, but I don’t think you can say there is a lack of effort or anything.
“On Wednesday night it just never really fell for us.”