MYLES BEERMAN says his dream came true on Wednesday night when he made his first-team debut for Rangers.
For the 18-year-old from Malta it was an unforgettable evening at Rugby Park as he concluded a whirlwind 24 hours which saw him find out he would play via Twitter.
Pedro Caixinha’s decision to name his team in his media conference meant Beerman got the nod moments before a team meeting to discuss the trip to Kilmarnock but he insists he kept his cool until kick-off.
The academy kid told RangersTV: “I can’t describe how I am feeling, it was class, the fans were absolutely unreal, the atmosphere was great and the taste of first-team football for the first time was unbelievable.
“I’ll never forget that experience, since I was a little kid from Malta, a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean, and there is loads of talent out there but I have always had a dream.
“All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer and I can never ever forget this feeling and this game.
“I have known for the past 24 hours that I am going to be playing and I have literally been at home focussing, focussing on the game, focussing on my roles and obviously analysing the game to make sure I was ready.
“I found out I was playing on Twitter when the manager did his press conference, I was definitely surprised, I can’t describe the feeling.
“At the same time I had to stay composed and act like a professional athlete and say it’s part of football, you have to take it in your stride and perform for the team.
“We didn’t know the manager would name the team so early but it’s one of them, we are Rangers Football Club and we have to accept whatever happens because we demand the highest standards and we have to go out and perform, whatever the situation.”
Beerman put in an assured performance at left-back on his senior bow and while he believes he more than coped at the new level it wasn’t the result he wanted to leave Ayrshire with.
With Lee Wallace set to miss the next three to four weeks after stomach surgery and Lee Hodson recovering from illness the former Manchester City youngster is still in the picture for Sunday’s trip to Aberdeen.
Beerman continued: “Connor Sammon is a big big guy, he is physical and fast but at the end of the day I just had to adapt. I had been anyalsing him and Jordan Jones and I just had to read their play and how they played.
“It’s one of those, no matter what their height and no matter what their strength the opposition are you just have to be wise – it’s a mind game.
“I am really pleased about making my debut but at the same time we’re Rangers and we came to Kilmarnock and we should have come away with a win.
“We have to take it in our stride and make sure we’re focussed on the next game, but we need to make sure we correct out errors from this game, create more chances and ultimately win more games.
“I’ve got to keep working hard and perform in training over the next few days and then it depends on what the manager wants.”