PEDRO CAIXINHA was delighted that David Bates and Myles Beerman helped Rangers keep a clean sheet for the third game in a row, this time on their home debuts against Partick Thistle.

After playing in the goalless draw at Killie on April 5 and the impressive 3-0 win over Aberdeen last weekend, both defenders were given the chance to make the Ibrox bows against the Jags and played their part in a deserved 2-0 victory.

Caixinha is proud of how of how the Academy graduates have adapted to first-team football in recent weeks.

Speaking to RangersTV post-match, he said: “Of course I am proud, I’m always proud of the young players when you give them a chance and they try to do their best.

“Of course they are defenders and that is the reason why we are talking about the clean sheet, but I think that is another point we need to improve on collectively.

“The team needs to press more, the team needs to be a strong block.

“You need to take the time and space from the opponent, but we need to do it with the number nine as the first defender.

“So we need to keep working on it, even if we are having three clean sheets in a row, we need to keep working on it and keep progressing.

“But I am happy with them (Beerman and Bates) and I am happy with all the team.”

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