By Danny Wright
Myles Beerman thinks that his previous meeting with Celtic’s Patrick Roberts could help him to cope with the tricky attacker ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash at Hampden Park.
Beerman, a Maltese youth international, lined up against Roberts while playing for his country’s Under-17 side against England.
The teenager was previously on the books at Manchester City alongside the Hoops’ dangerman and he feels suitably prepared to meet him again this weekend.
“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,” said Beerman, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“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.
“They [Celtic] 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.”
The game will be Pedro Caixinha’s first taste of managing the feisty all-Glasgow affair and it will prove to be a baptism of fire for him with so much at stake.
Celtic have not lost a game against Scottish opposition this season but drew with the Light Blues in their last meeting at Celtic Park in March.
Clint Hill bagged a late equaliser on that occasion and now Caixinha will have two bites at the cherry with the semi-final first and then a Premiership meeting the following week at Ibrox.
Beerman made his home Gers debut in the 2-0 win against Partick on Saturday.
He has been thrown into the first team following an injury crisis that has hampered Caixinha’s start to life in Scotland.
In other Rangers news, supporters have reacted to Beerman’s Twitter post following the win against Partick.