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Aug 6, 2007

Beasley still upbeat after bruising SPL debut

DaMarcus Beasley has refused to become a victim of the SPL bullies after being handed a brutal introduction to Scottish football.

The USA international, 25, made his competitive debut as Rangers ran out convincing 3-0 winners against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener.

But Beasley, at just 5ft 8ins, found himself relentlessly bundled off the ball throughout the 90 minutes at the Caledonian Stadium, with the hulking figure of Ross Tokely his main tormentor.

At one stage, Ibrox boss Walter Smith earned a lengthy lecture from referee Kenny Clark for complaining furiously about the treatment of his player at the hands of the Caley Thistle right-back.

Beasley may have been taken aback by some of the challenges but believes he will soon be able to cope with the physical nature of the Scottish game.

'It was the first game and I was up against guys who were definitely bigger than me,' he pointed out.

'I knew it would be physical and I've always been a small guy.

'Other players have always towered over me. They always try to knock me off the ball.

'On Saturday, they went over the top but I just got up and got on with my football.

'I'm not a guy who goes and yells and screams, I just get on with the game and try to keep the ball moving.'

Beasley spent last season on loan at Manchester City and believes the rough and tumble of the Barclays Premier League will help him adapt to his new surroundings.

He added: 'Sometimes there isn't a lot of football being played in the SPL, it's more scrappy and you have to get stuck in in tackles.

'I got a little bit of that in England and hopefully that will help me this year.

'I think I will cope. Hopefully that will be the worst of it over with but I'm used to that kind of thing.

'People kick me sometimes but that's just the way it goes.

'I'm not going to shy from tackles, I'll get in and help my team defensively as well, not just offensively. I'll get back and help whenever I'm needed.'

The win at Inverness sets Rangers up for tomorrow night's Champions League second round qualifier against FK Zeta but Beasley has no idea whether he will be involved in the match in Montenegro.

He was an unused substitute in the first leg at Ibrox, as Rangers scraped an unconvincing 2-0 win, and he admits he is not yet in a position to command a regular starting role.

He said: 'Everyone wants to play but at the same time I haven't even been here a month yet so I have to get my feet on the ground and get some football.

'The two chances I missed against Inverness I should have scored. But over time, the finishing will be better.'