Graeme Murty: There's loads of potential in thrilling Rangers 18-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers youth team boss Graeme Murty has spoken highly of youngster Serge Atakayi, describing him as a thrilling player with bags of pace and loads of potential.
The 18-year-old attacker is well thought of in the Gers Under-20s team and as recently as 11 April he struck twice to give the young Gers a 2-1 win over Hearts.
The right-winger is known for taking on opposition players with the ball at his feet and is building up a reputation for his blistering pace.
Now, after the youngsters completed their Development League season with a 2-1 victory over Motherwell on Thursday morning, Murty described Atakayi as an exciting player that needs shaping.
“[Serge Atakayi] is going to be one that thrills or frustrates. He’s got bags of pace, he’s a massive threat to the goal and some of his decision making his erratic at times,” told Murty as quoted by the official Rangers website.
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“He needs to know that his level has to be more consistent, he needs to be at the level more often and particularly when he doesn’t have the ball directly at his foot he needs to offer more to the team. But there’s loads of potential there, so he needs just moulding and shaping.”
Atakayi completed a move to Rangers in the summer, agreeing a three-year deal after trial periods at English duo Leicester and Fulham.
The DR Congo-born player had previously played in Finland for FF Jaro and he became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Finnish top-flight with a goal against HIFK in 2015 aged 16 years and 107 days.
He ended up competing in 37 matches for FF Jaro, scoring three goals and he has also been capped four times for Finland at Under-19s level.
Atakayi’s next step will be to make it out onto the pitch for the Rangers first team and Pedro Caixinha could give him a chance if the club secures second or third place with matches to spare.
In other Rangers news, this Gers senior man has told that he will hold talks with a Premier League club in the summer.