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Former EFC striker James Beattie says Rangers could hold their own in Premier League
Published : 23 Dec 2010 01:00:00
James Beattie (158) FORMER Everton striker James Beattie has played just a handful of games for Rangers so far but he insists he has been there long enough to be convinced of their ability to hold their own in the Barclays Premier League. The prospect of the Old Firm joining English football's top flight is one which is often debated and is favoured by both Rangers and Celtic. And, having witnessed some credible performances in the Champions League this season, including a goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Beattie claims the one thing that is not in doubt is Rangers' ability to match the best in the Premier League. He said: 'A lot of people ask me about the standard of football between the Premier League and the SPL and us maybe joining the Premier League. 'I think we have shown that we could hold our own and do very well down there. That's something for the powers that be but I'm sure we could acquit ourselves very well.' Lack of match sharpness, combined with a spell injured on the sidelines, means Beattie has featured in just eight matches since his summer switch from Stoke. But, despite his lack of game-time, the striker says he is loving life with the Scottish champions. He said: 'The club is huge, it's immensely well-supported. 'It's one of those clubs where you can't go anywhere without meeting a Rangers fan and I don't just mean in Scotland or England.