Smith reassures Beasley

Gers boss says USA midfielder can realise his World Cup dream

Beasley: Received reassurance

Walter Smith has reassured DaMarcus Beasley that he can realise his World Cup dream by staying at Rangers.

The USA midfielder was considering quitting Ibrox in next month's transfer window amid concerns that a lack of match action could cost him his place in his country's World Cup squad.

But the 27-year-old has now started the last three matches, including scoring the opener and laying on the third as Rangers beat Dundee United 3-0 on Tuesday night, and Smith insists the midfielder will continue to play if he maintains that kind of form.

Smith told the club's official website: "DaMarcus is playing very well for us at the moment and scored a terrific goal at Tannadice.

"After coming back from his serious knee problem, he has had things go wrong with his hamstring and his groin.

"In the last two or three months, he has settled down and looked sharper in training. He's obviously now playing well in games too.

Quite simple

"The lad's comments before were quite simple. He said he had to try to get games so that he could be included in the World Cup.

"That's an acceptable factor because he wasn't getting a regular game here but that wasn't always due to the fact he wasn't getting picked.

"Sometimes he wasn't available but he is now and there's no reason for him to move. I don't think so anyway as long as he is getting an opportunity.

"DaMarcus has enough experience and enough caps that if he does play, he'll be in with a very good chance of being selected for the USA squad."

Ibrox team-mate Maurice Edu is hoping to join Beasley in the US squad and so experience his first World Cup finals.

He is on the brink of making his long-awaited return from summer knee surgery and is determined to play a major role in the second half of the season for both club and country.

Cannot wait

Edu cannot wait for the summer finals, which pitches USA against England, Slovenia and Algeria, for whom Gers team-mate Madjid Bougherra plays.

Edu said: "I sent Madjid a text after we were drawn together and he was excited because he had wanted that to happen, so we had some joking back and forward.

"It was fun because the whole week leading up to it, he had been telling me 'I want to play the USA'.

"Once it was drawn that way, we were in touch straight away and it will definitely make for some fun in the build-up."

He added: "It was funny the way things worked out because I was interviewed the day before the draw and was asked which teams I would like to get.

"I had said England and, of course, Algeria because of Madjid, and those were the first two teams to come out, so it should definitely be an interesting summer."