Graeme Murty has singled out one of the Rangers Academy’s most promising young talents for praise, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
The Colts coach was delighted on Tuesday evening after his young side earned a remarkable 2-0 victory over Stranraer FC in the Second Round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.
FULL-TIME: Stranraer 0-2 Rangers Colts
👏Goals from Josh McPake and Jamie Barjonas help the young Gers to a win over League One side Stranraer.
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Second-half goals from Josh McPake and Jamie Barjonas secured progression, but it was Dapo Mebude who earned praise.
“Although he didn’t score tonight I thought Dapo Mebude put a real good shift in for the team,” said Murty, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “He put his body on the line – it was a physical challenge for him.”
“He is a little frustrated because he didn’t get a goal himself but he sacrificed himself so that others could exploit the spaces that he created. So, he deserves a special mention for that and I thought he played a really big part in our attacking play today.”
Rangers teenage talent Mebude lauded
It’s clear that this teenage attacker is a special talent. Anyone who makes their first-team debut at 17 for a club the size of Rangers, has some serious ability in their locker.
These comments from Murty are as impressive as seeing the now 18-year-old on the scoresheet. Application is a key part of making the big transition from youth team player to senior star and it’s obvious that despite being small in stature, this youngster is prepared to work hard for the team and to engage in physical battles on the pitch.
Having got a taste of the Scottish Premiership during the last game of the 2018/19 season away at Kilmarnock, the Scotland youth international is doing his best to kick on.
Given the form of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe right now, and the addition of so many new wide players, it will be hard to return to the first team reckonings.
Yet, he can be sure that as he continues to excel at Colts and Development level, Steven Gerrard will be taking note.