£19m Man United winger costs Rangers with big moment v Dundee Utd
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£19m Man United winger costs Rangers with big moment v Dundee Utd

Rangers winger and Man United loanee Amad Diallo risked the ire of Gers supporters by failing to square to Fashion Sakala to set up an open goal winner in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

Instead, the teenage Ivorian opted to go it alone and after a poor first touch blasted the ball off the post and flew over the advertising hoardings.

As Diallo licked his wounds Ryan Kent kept the ball in play and teed up Ryan Jack for a shot which was eventually blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.

That moment would prove a costly one for the Gers as the match ended with a point apiece.

There’s no doubt about it – he has either got to finish or find Fashion Sakala. He should probably pick the pass every time.

Not that Diallo didn’t contribute to the game; the winger’s run across the box created space for Calvin Bassey to find Joe Aribo for the equaliser.

But this was a cameo from the £19m rising to £37m Man United man that lacked major bite and focus and one that has left a sour taste in the mouths of Gers fans.

Whether it was shirking out of that 50/50 or downing tools when he thought he was offside – even though he wasn’t – this frustrated Rangers fans more than any mistake Amad Diallo made on the pitch.

Amad Diallo frustrates Rangers in uncommitted Dundee United showing

Yeah, the kid is just a teenager and perhaps helping to create the first goal redeems him slightly for the gilt-edged opportunity, but Amad Diallo is flattering to deceive at present.

Rangers fans can forgive mistakes but they won’t forgive a lack of effort and the 19-year-old now has some making up to do with supporters.

Only here until the summer, the signing of Amad Diallo has also raised some serious questions about the club’s winter recruitment as the Gers chuck nine points in their last four away games.

With a title on the line and Rangers toiling on the road, it has plenty asking if a short-term deal for hyped up teenager is really the answer to getting the league campaign over the line.

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So far, barring an early contribution against Ross County, Amad has very much looked like a show pony in the headlights with accusations he is not taking the challenge seriously enough.

For many people, Premier League loan moves focus too much on individual development and not on team success.

This sentiment is perhaps highlighted by Amad Diallo failing to square to Fashion Sakala and secure three points for Rangers against Dundee United.

The signing of Amad Diallo isn’t the only one raising questions in the Rangers support amid news of an injury to another January acquisition.

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