Beattie targets regular place
James Beattie is determined to force his way into the Rangers first team after returning from injury.
Last Updated: 26/11/10 9:46am
James Beattie is determined to force his way into the Rangers first team after returning from his injury nightmare.
The striker, who moved to Ibrox from Stoke in the summer, has only featured in six matches this season having suffered from fitness problems.
But Beattie returned from a tear in a thigh muscle as a substitute in the midweek defeat to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League and now he wants to play on a regular basis in Walter Smith's team.
He said in the Daily Record: "No player likes to be out injured, especially when they're in their first season with a club and with so much to prove.
"Fingers crossed I can stay injury free and force my way into the gaffer's plans.
"I hope I get a chance to do something, starting against Dundee United on Sunday."
Beattie was shocked to be involved against United, but was pleased with the opportunity.
He said: "I was surprised to be told I would be on the subs' bench against United.
"I've only been back in training this week after suffering a tear on my thigh.
"Unfortunately, I've been forced to miss important games and I'm desperate to get back into the team as we have big fixtures coming up.
"It felt good just to be involved against United."