Rangers youngster Adam Devine says he has “loved every minute” of playing in the first team since the arrival of Michael Beale and is optimistic for further chances in the season ahead.
The 19-year-old right-back started at left-back in Beale’s first three league games in the absence of Borna Barisic.
He then came off the bench in the 3-0 win over Motherwell and was an unused sub in Monday’s draw with Celtic.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Devine whose only first team appearance before then was a League Cup win over Queen of the South under former manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
But he is now hungry for more as he looks to impress the manager in training and cement a place in the side going forward.
He said: “It’s been difficult, I’ve loved every minute of it. When the manager first came in Borna was at the World Cup, so I got to play against Leverkusen then three games in the league after that and I’ve loved every minute.”
Despite performing well in the back-to-back victories, he had to qualms about making way when the Croatia international returned from Qatar having reached the semi-final of the World Cup.
He said: “I think it had to expected, Borna is a great player and he just finished third at the World Cup so I was kind of expecting it, and he went on to get two assists (against Motherwell) so I couldn’t really complain about that.
“You always want your teammates to do well, we had to get the three points that night and he got two assists that helped us get the win.
“I think if you do well in training then the manager will pick you, so I need to keep pushing myself and trying my best in training every day and hopefully I’ll get my chance.”
Despite being a natural right-back he was moved to other side of defence for the wins over Hibs, Aberdeen and Ross County, and he admits he is happy to play anywhere the manager sees fit.
He said: “I will play anywhere the manager asks me to play, I enjoyed it at left-back to be fair as it was something a bit different for me, I am still a right-back but wherever he wants me to play I’ll play.
“It gives me a bit of confidence, but like I say it will be what you do in training that’ll mean the manager picks you and I need to try and push Tav every day, he is pushing me so I need to try my best to push him every day.
“He is a big role model on and off the pitch, he gives me advice on how to improve and be better. He has always been a role model of mine while playing for Rangers so I look up to him.”
Rangers lost a late goal in the 2-2 draw with Celtic at Ibrox that leaves them nine-points behind their city-rivals going into the second half of the season.
But Devine insists their was positives to be taken from the game as they look to put pressure on the league leaders by winning their coming games.
He said: “It was a difficult game on Monday, It was an exciting game and we were unfortunate not to get the three points but there is still a long way to go and just need to pick up as many three points as possible and see where it takes us.
“We were disappointed not to take all three points, but there is a lot of positives to take from the game so will take the positives and move on.”