By Matt Bullin
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has insisted he has no issue with starting both David Bates and Myles Beerman in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.
Bates and Beerman have both featured in the Gers last three Scottish Premiership matches after a spate of injuries has struck the club.
Bates, 20, and Beerman, 18, have both performed well and have contributed to three clean sheets in their three games.
The pair both played 90 minutes as Rangers drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock, and beat Aberdeen 3-0 and Partick Thistle 2-0.
The Gers Portuguese manager has claimed that the young duo are ready to make their Old Firm debuts as well.
Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Caixinha said: “If they want to become Rangers players they need to adapt to those scenarios.
“So far they have done very well, the team has done very well and helped them also to be on the same wavelength. So if they need to play or if they need to start that game I have no problem with that.”
Sunday’s semi-final clash at Hampden will be the fifth meeting between the sides this season and Rangers will be looking for their first victory.
The match is also a repeat of last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final, which saw Rangers claim a shock win as they knocked the Hoops out on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
If the Gers can get past Celtic and reach the final they will have the chance to claim their 34th Scottish Cup – they last won the trophy in the 2008/09 season.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has revealed how many Rangers players would get into Celtic’s starting XI.