Little’s big aim at Rangers
Andrew Little feels he is in the best place possible to learn his trade after playing his part in Rangers' treble push over the last six weeks.
The 20-year-old has made six appearances since Christmas and netted an injury-time equaliser against Hearts at Ibrox last month.
Little's confidence is growing following his recent experience, which included a role in the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone.
“Every time I'm coming on I feel I'm getting a bit more used to it,” said the Fermanagh man.
“I feel like now I'm not just coming on at 3-0 for the sake of it.
“The likes of the semi-final of the League Cup at Hampden, I got a good part of that game, a good half an hour and I really enjoyed it. The more bits and pieces I can get the better.”
Little was an unused substitute during Wednesday’s 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw at Motherwell after Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller were reunited following recent injuries, but he understands he will have to continue showing patience despite his recent run.
“Everything has come very quickly for me in the last year,” said Little. “So I want to keep making strides forward but at the same time, when I look back, I'm happy with what I have done in the last year or so.
“When you have the likes of Kenny, Boydy and Laff, I kind of understand why I'm not exactly first or second or third choice.
“I have a year and a half left on my contract, I'm still 20. There was a thought of going out on loan at one stage but with the way things are at the club, I don't think there's any chance that will happen.
“I'm more than happy, especially in the last month when I have got bits and pieces of games. I'm really enjoying it at the moment. I'm conscious of getting game time, especially with there not being a reserve league.
“It is in the back of my mind but at the minute I'm happy biding my time. I'll keep thinking about it, in the summer time if players come
in or move out, I'll maybe re-address it then.”
Little has won two full caps for Northern Ireland and is excited about the prospect of featuring in the upcoming Euro 2012 campaign in a qualifying group containing Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Estonia and Faroe Islands.
“I absolutely love international football and the little taste I got of it came completely out of the blue,” said Little. “Whether I'm involved in the senior squad or Under-21s I don't even know yet.
“I'll try to do as best I can for Rangers and hopefully that can get me into the senior squad and to play against the likes of Italy would be incredible.
“Italy and Serbia, being the two seeded teams above us, are two very good teams but we are always confident at Windsor Park, we always get such a great support as everyone knows. It's a long way away but when it does come around we'll fancy our chances at home and we can try to get results away from home as well.”