Murty: Celtic 20-year-old helped Rangers youngster in Old Firm derby
By Danny Wright
Rangers Under-20s boss Graeme Murty has said that Celtic attacker Patrick Roberts has given Myles Beerman some invaluable experience on Sunday, and claims his career will have been helped enormously.
The emerging Ibrox talent went toe-to-toe with Roberts in the Old Firm clash at Hampden Park in which Celtic booked their place in the Scottish Cup final as they turned out 2-0 winners.
Beerman, 18, was taking part in his first all-Glasgow clash against the Hoops since breaking into the first-team earlier this month due to an Ibrox injury crisis.
Pedro Caixinha handed the Maltese full-back his senior debut in the 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock and he has instantly become a hit with the fans.
Murty, who was in caretaker charge of Gers before Caixinha was placed in the hot-seat, thinks that Beerman can become a future hit in Glasgow and that the encounter with Roberts will help him in the long-term.
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“Myles is going to benefit immensely from playing against a player of the quality of Patrick Roberts. It will be great for his long-term development and career going forward,” said the Rangers senior man, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He has learned a great deal that he doesn’t even realise yet. So when we sit down with him and talk to him about it all, that’s when his real benefit is going to come.
“At the moment, he’s too sky high. We just have to calm him down and tell him all the things he’s done really well and then polish the attributes that helped him get to the first team in the first place.”
Beerman was called up to the first team alongside David Bates, 20, and have both played in the defence for the last four matches in all competitions, keeping three clean-sheets until Sunday.
The teenager moved to Glasgow in August 2016 after rising through the ranks of Manchester City’s academy.
Roberts is current on loan at Celtic Park from the Citizens and is due to return to there at the end of the campaign.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has shared what he did after the Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Celtic.