By Wayne Veysey
Steven Gerrard sanctioned the sale of Rangers academy product Andrew Dallas this week amid concerns over his technical quality and ability to trouble top-flight defenders, Football Insider has learned.
The striker, 20, joined English League Two outfit Cambridge United yesterday after impressing their manager Colin Calderwood during a trial stint over the summer.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Gerrard and his coaching staff felt Dallas did not have the ability to make the grade at the club despite scoring regularly at youth-team level.
They watched him closely in reserve-team matches, where he was a key man for Graeme Murty’s side, but felt he did not have the overall game and quality on the ball to play for the first team.
Dallas made the Rangers bench on two occasions last season but did not get selected for his senior debut and was then loaned out to Scottish Championship outfit Morton for the second half of last season.
He failed to make an impression for the second-tier side, and was unable to score in 12 matches for the club before he headed back to Ibrox.
The writing was on the wall for the rookie when he returned and Gerrard and his staff made it clear at the start of the summer that Dallas was free to find a new club.
Dallas has signed a two-year contract with Cambridge, and his exit from Rangers comes soon after another youthful forward, Ryan Hardie, signed permanently for Blackpool.
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