Dundee United have confirmed the signing of attacker Mati Zata after he exited Rangers in January.
DUNDEE UNITED SIGN MATI ZATA TO U20 SQUAD | Dundee United Football Club https://t.co/qZse3WYMh6
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) February 26, 2018
Zata had been on the look-out for a new club after he announced on his personal Twitter account that he had left Ibrox on transfer deadline day in January.
The 17-year-old admitted that it was a “very sad day” for him to leave his boyhood club, but now it seems as though he has a great chance to continue his development with Dundee United, who currently sit fourth in the Scottish Championship standings.
A very sad Day leaving the club that I’ve loved & supported all my life but nothing’s meant to last forever. Would like to thank all the players, coaches & parents that have helped me along the way and made it such a memorable experience, wishing all the boys the best of luck???? pic.twitter.com/nm6ZYM2GcQ
— Mati Zata (@MatiZata) January 31, 2018
The Zimbabwean attacking midfielder holds dual nationality as he was born in Alloa and has represented Scotland at Under-16 level.
Football Insider verdict
Zata failed to make a single senior appearance for Rangers but judging by the fan reaction to his exit, he was held in very high regard and has a lot of potential to be reached. Dundee United have a decent history of developing young players so Zata has made a great choice in moving to Tannadice. The Tangerines should be back in the Scottish Premiership before too long so the 17-year-old will no doubt be hoping that he is able to show Rangers why they were wrong to let him go in January.