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12th Dec, 2017 | 9:11am

'It is tough' - Rangers defender makes admission about lack of first-team football

Rangers defender Myles Beerman has opened up on his fight for a first-team place at Ibrox – and admits “it’s tough” being back in the Under-20’s after making eight appearances for the first-team last season.

The Malta international joined the Ibrox giants last summer from Manchester City and made his first-team debut away to Kilmarnock last April after an injury to captain Lee Wallace.

The 18-year-old has been given the captain’s armband this season in the Gers’ Under-20 side as they undertake their ambitious ‘Academy Games’ project.

Despite regularly playing against the elite of European youth sides, Beerman admits that once you play in front of 50,000 fans then you want it to continue.

“The coaches know what they’re doing for my development, so I need to take everything in a positive way and work hard as much as I can,” Beerman told RangersTV, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Once you get that taste of first team football and play in front of 50,000 [people] every week, you want to keep on doing that.

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“Obviously it is tough because you always want to push on in your career and everything.

“But you have to take it in your stride and say, ‘listen, it’s a part of your development’ and stay as positive as you can.”

The versatile youngster impressed when he was thrown into the first-team last season and with Declan John unlikely to stick around after his loan expires at the end of the season, Beerman will be hoping to make the leap to being a regular member of the first-team squad next season.

Beerman can fill in at either side as a full-back or can operate as a winger and has been a key player for Graeme Murty’s Under-20 side since his move from the Etihad in 2016.

Beerman’s Ibrox contract ends in the summer although the 18-year-old is expected to be offered new terms in the new year.

In other Rangers news, a report has detailed the Gers’ stance on an auction for this top-flight goal machine in January.

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