Foderingham hails unlikely Rangers duo who couldn't get a game as outstanding
By Alex Stevens
Wes Foderingham has hailed rookie Rangers defenders Danny Bates and Myles Beerman as “outstanding” for their displays in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Aberdeen.
The youthful defensive pair couldn’t get a game under ex-boss Mark Warburton but were given their second starts of the week after being fast-tracked into Pedro Caixinha’s team for their debuts in Wednesday’s stalemate at Kilmarnock.
Bates and Beerman both played the full 90 minutes at Rugby Park last Wednesday and did the same again at Pittodrie, where Rangers had not won in the league since 2011.
For both matches, Bates was at centre-back alongside Danny Wilson, flanked by Beerman at left-back and right-back mainstay James Tavernier.
Rangers secured a comprehensive win against second-placed Aberdeen thanks to three second-half goals in three minutes from Kenny Miller, who scored the first two, and substitute Joe Dodoo.
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Foderingham’s excellent reflexes enabled his side to keep another clean sheet and the goalkeeper subsequently paid tribute to the displays of Bates, 20, and Beerman, 18, in front of him.
“It’s two clean sheets on the bounce,” Foderingham told Sky Sports 2 in the immediate aftermath of the match. “For those two to come in and give those levels of performance is testament to them both. Danny and Myles were outstanding at the back.”
Bates caught the eye last season when he broke through at Raith before moving on loan to Brechin City.
The defender returned to the Kirkcaldy side where he made nine top team starts in the second half of last season, including in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Stark’s Park in February 2016.
He spent the first six months of the season with the Rangers development side and was deemed to have done enough to win himself a deal in January on loan until the summer of 2018.
Beerman was signed from the Manchester City academy last summer after impressing the club’s recruitment chiefs.
Rangers have gained ground in the race to finish second in the league, narrowing the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to nine points.
Caixinha’s third-placed side will consider there is still an opportunity to overhaul Derek McInnes’ team with just six matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.