“INCREDIBLE” was Myles Beerman’s chosen adjective to describe his first taste of the action at Ibrox Stadium in today’s 2-0 defeat of Partick Thistle.
The Maltese youngster was again impressive in his left-back role, remaining stout in his defensive duties while creating a number of chances in an attacking sense also.
Despite being at the club for less than a year having joined from Manchester City, he already recognises the significance of pulling on the famous blue jersey, and while admitting there is a pressure that comes with it, that pressure is something he relishes.
He told RangersTV.tv: “It was incredible. As soon as you walk out of the tunnel the fans are roaring and it was just an incredible feeling.
“There is a pressure to represent a club like Rangers, and playing at home, us players need to make sure we perform and win the game. At the end of the day, we are playing for the fans and we are playing for the club.”
Beerman has been joined in the Rangers rearguard in recent weeks by David Bates, and impressively, the three games in which the two have featured have brought three clean sheets.
It’s something which has delighted Beerman, and he was full of praise for Bates, defensive leader Danny Wilson and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, the latter two for the manner in which they have talked him through matches.
He continued: “David has done really well and has been really composed and has won his one v ones and his headers, and the fact we have kept three clean sheets in a row from our debut until now is really good for both of us.
“I have got to keep making as much impact in the final third as I do defensively and try to create as many chances as I can.
“I’ve played with Danny before when he has been coming back from injury at the under-20s, and he has really helped me a lot and influenced me a lot by communicating with me and I really get along with him both on and off the pitch.
“Likewise Wes, he’s the same – a great guy who talks a lot and makes sure we are organised.”
With Lee Wallace still recovering from injury, Beerman may get his chance to sample the intensity of the Old Firm derby when Rangers and Celtic meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final next Sunday.
It’s a prospect which certainly doesn’t daunt him, and even if he doesn’t feature, he feels he has learned so much from the last three games in which he has played.
“I know it’s a massive game, and I just have to prepare as I prepare for every game. I have to keep on performing and doing my best.
“It has been an incredible few weeks. First-team football for me was to be the next step-up and you can’t really go higher than this. All-in-all, it’s one where I just have to take all the experience I have got from this and keep it on-board for the rest of my career, and keep on progressing.”