'He is ready to burst' - Steven Gerrard gives verdict on new Rangers signing
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard thinks new signing Ovie Ejaria will get fans on the edge of their seats – but has pleaded with fans to give the on-loan youngster time to find his feet in Scotland.
Ejaria joined the Light Blues on a season-long loan from Liverpool and the Gers boss thinks the England youth international is “ready to burst” as he tries to make a name for himself.
The midfielder is one of six new signings at Ibrox so far this summer and Gerrard revealed he will be gradually introduced to the side as he gets used to his new surroundings.
“With Ovie I think it is important that the crowd give him a bit of time to come up and adapt to the surroundings. He will be coming up alone, without his family,” Gerrard told RangersTV, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He will be joining us in Spain and we will work him in at the right time and speed. In terms of talent, in terms of someone who can get a fan on the edge of their seat, in terms of someone who has got tonnes of ability and is waiting for people to admire, we feel he is ready to burst.”
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Ejaria looks to be a promising player who should be a big player for the Gers over the course of the season. The midfielder brings a physical presence the Gers have lacked there in recent seasons – while being no slouch with the ball at his feet either. Gerrard obviously knows the player well from his time in Liverpool’s Academy and it will be interesting to see just how Gerrard utilises him – particularly early in the campaign. With the Light Blues headed for Spain on Sunday for a 10-day training camp, Ejaria will have a good chance to get to know his new team-mates and get settled in. It’s unlikely that Ejaria will be the only loan signing from Liverpool this summer – although after being handed a four-year deal before heading to Ibrox he is obviously one the Anfield giants rate highly. A strong season at Ibrox could well see him return to Liverpool in 12 months and fight for a first-team place.
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