James Beattie has vowed to score goals in the Premier League after claiming he can strike up an explosive partnership with Kenny Miller. He was thrown straight into Rangers' 2-1 win against Kilmarnock on Saturday, just 24 hours after sealing his move from Stoke.
Lack of match sharpness was clearly a problem for the 32-year-old, who had been used sparingly following an altercation with the Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, last December. But, after playing 80 minutes alongside Miller, Beattie insisted they can form a formidable pairing for the Scottish champions: "I've watched him from time to time and I know he's a great player. I'm confident I'll score goals wherever I play; it doesn't matter where it is."
Manager Walter Smith turned to Beattie to bolster his depleted squad after Steven Davis returned from international duty with a virus.
Goals from Miller and Steven Naismith sealed the win, despite Jamie Hamill pulling a goal back from the penalty spot for Kilmarnock.
The Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley revealed words of encouragement from manager Neil Lennon had fired them to a 1-0 victory at Inverness after a sluggish start.
Paddy McCourt netted a superb solo goal in the 56th minute, and Ledley said: "He [Lennon] didn't criticise us at half-time. We knew we had talent here and we believe in ourselves."Reuse content