Rangers

Rangers defender Ross McCrorie has singled out Gers Under-20s striker Dapo Mebude as “one to watch” and thinks the youngster has a “real chance” to reach the top of the game.

Mebude has a quickly growing reputation among Gers fans and McCrorie thinks the 16-year-old has a big future ahead of him.

McCrorie admits the Gers’ Academy staff are doing a “really good job” as they look to produce the next group of players for the Ibrox first-team after making the breakthrough himself earlier this season.

“I think the Scottish game is definitely moving in the right direction because there are good young players scattered all over the place. Rangers-wise, the Academy staff are doing a really good job so there are a few to pick from but, for me, Dapo Mebude is one to watch. He’s done well for the Scotland Under-17s, is very quick and has a few tricks. Dapo has a real chance if he keeps working hard,” McCrorie said, as quoted by the Scottish FA website.

Mebude signed a first professional contract with Rangers in May and soon after was promoted into not just the Ibrox Under-20s from Billy Kirkwood’s Under-17s but also Brian McLaughlin’s Scotland Under-17s set-up.

The striker played his part as the young Rangers side lifted the Copa del Agatha youth tournament in Holland in August and has been a regular feature in the side for the Gers in their Games Programme as they have faced elite teams from across the UK and Europe.

Football Insider verdict:

Mebude is just one of a number of very talented youngsters at Ibrox although is likely still a fair bit away from the first-team. The teenager has also excelled for the Scottish youth sides over the last 18 months. After signing a professional deal at the end of last season, Mebude is one who is highly thought of by the Gers coaching staff and is a player that could light up the Gers’ side in the future alongside a number of his current team-mates in the Academy under Craig Mulholland’s staff.

In other Rangers news, Neil Lennon has revealed he has “major concerns” over potentially facing Rangers three times at Ibrox.

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