RANGERS new boy Myles Beerman has no fear of facing Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

The 18-year-old left-back, who made his debut in the goalless draw with Kilmarnock earlier this month, reckons he can deal with the threat from either James Forrest or Patrick Roberts.

Beerman, who was released by Manchester City last year, was satisfied by the way he coped with Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn in the Ibrox side’s 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

He has kicked off his Ibrox career with three clean sheets against Killie, the Dons and the 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Ibrox at the weekend.

The Maltese-born teenager said: “The past three games have been different class for me, coming from Under-20 football.

“The jump wasn’t easy and there was pressure, but I just took it in my stride.

“The manager has been brilliant. He has given me lots of confidence and told me to just enjoy the game.

”Playing against them (Hayes and McGinn) definitely helps although all the games have been good preparation. You are playing against top players, so you have to prepare well.

“Part of football is the motivation to do well against good players. That is what I love and that is what keeps me going.

“Pittodrie was tough, but I just concentrated and tried to stick to my game plan.”

Beerman now hopes he has done enough to keep their places for the Hampden showdown with Celtic.

He added: “I would love to be involved in such a massive game. I was at Hampden to watch the last … game in the League Cup semi-final and it was incredible. The fans were impressive.

”It would be a big achievement for everyone to be the first to beat them. All we can do is prepare as best we can, but it’s one of the biggest games of the season.

“I have watched Celtic’s wingers quite a lot this season. I played against Patrick Roberts for Malta against England in the Under-17 European Championships and, although he is a good player, I did well against him.

“We were both at Manchester City, but I never spoke to him there.

“Celtic’s are all good players, but they are human beings. I have got to analyse them and then try to perform my best. The gaffer will have us ready.

“It’s an Old Firm game and I know for a fact we will be up for it.”


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