Little keen to take Gers chance

Youngster desperate to force his way into first-team

Andy Little: Hoping to force his way into first-team at Rangers

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Rangers man Andy Little is determined to make the most of what could be his last opportunity to prove himself at Ibrox.

The Northern Ireland international played in his first match in 11 weeks on Tuesday as the Light Blues beat Kilmarnock 4-1 in a bounce game at the club's Murray Park training ground.

The 22-year-old was back in action following his recovery from a medial knee ligament injury which cut short his loan spell at League Two side Port Vale last year.

Injuries

Little described 2011 as the worst year of his life, as he also recounted operations to both hips, but it is injuries to fellow Ulsterman Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith, and uncertainty over the future of top scorer Nikica Jelavic, which have opened the door.

Little, whose contract is up in the summer, declared himself ready to answer the call of manager Ally McCoist, who finds himself short of firepower with no guarantee that he will be able to replenish his squad before the transfer window closes.

"It was my first game back for a few months and fitness wise I felt good," he said.

"I played 70 minutes and I could have gone for 90 but maybe the coaches wanted to be safe.

"I feel I am match fit now and I feel full of confidence.

"My aim is to force my way into the team. There are places up for grabs further forward which is where I want to play.

"I have messed about a bit in the past, playing at right-back. That was no-one's fault but I want to start as striker.

"I don't know if I will be in the squad for the St Johnstone game at the weekend but there is a bounce game next Tuesday and I hope I can play there."

Contract

He added: "I spoke to the manager just before Christmas and he was pretty positive, he wanted to see more of me.

"My contract is up in May and I hope to know if I am getting a new contract in the next couple of weeks.

"I want my future sorted out but at the same time with all the uncertainty around the club I can understand the manager's position.

"If it was my last game then I can take that and get myself ready for a fresh start."