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Having signed an 18-year-old Myles Beerman in August, many Rangers fans would have been forgiven for thinking he would be just another player making up the numbers in the youth set-up.
Little was seen or heard of him during what was left of Mark Warburton’s time in charge at the club. However, following an injury to influential skipper Lee Wallace, new boss Pedro Caixinha threw Beerman into the line-up against Kilmarnock at left-back.
The youngster from Malta went on to complete 90 minutes in that game, as well as the next 2 against Aberdeen and Partick. He looks as though he has provided Rangers with a real bonus.
There is no shame in not making it at Manchester City these days. Competition in their youth ranks is fierce and it takes a potential world class player to shine through. Moving to Ibrox looks like an inspirational move for the young man and it’s no surprise that he has started well.
Rangers are looking to bridge the gap between themselves and their bitter rivals Celtic. Not that any neutral wants that gap to be bridged because of negative reasons. The possible loss of Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong, and Kieran Tierney would significantly weaken Celtic and open the door for a Rangers comeback.
When an opportunity comes along, Rangers for their part, cannot afford not to take advantage and so they must strengthen now. Every position is important and at left-back, Lee Wallace has been outstanding for them over the past 6 seasons. He is 29-years old now and will not be around forever.
In Beerman, Rangers look to have a readymade replacement for the former Hearts man and his development should be managed carefully. Finding players with such talent is not something that happens by design. Occasionally, luck is involved and now that they have him, they need to ensure they look after him.
As evidence by the relative successes last season, Rangers seem to fire more when young players are involved. Scotland should not become the MLS of Britain. It should not be a league where players move to when they are over the hill and are no longer good enough to compete in England.
Since throwing in Bates, Hyndman, and Dodoo, Rangers’ fortunes have improved. Beerman is another example and is possibly the best of them. For Caixinha to build a lasting legacy at Ibrox he will need to do it with his own players and in his own image. Myles Beerman epitomises this.