'Best thing that's ever happened to me' - Portuguese youngster targets first team after move
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Rangers youngster Balde says signing for Gers an unparalleled experience

Umaro Balde took part in a Q+A for the Rangers Youth Development Company on Twitter on Thursday morning.

The Portuguese teenager who had previously been attached to Sporting Lisbon, joined the Gers in the summer.

Since then, he’s featured at U18 level for the club, alongside other recent additions like Kane Ritchie-Hosler and Nathan Young-Coombes, who starred for England U17s during the international block.

Young-Coombes celebrates netting against Germany at the Pinatar Arena in Spain. (Photo by Mateo Villalba Sanchez/Getty Images for DFB)

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As is customary for these Q+A’s, young Balde took over the RYDC Twitter feed and answered a range of questions put to him by the fans.

There were a number of interesting responses, from a player who’s clearly enjoying his time in Glasgow so far.

In fact, in response to one supporter’s question, he stated that joining the Gers was the ‘best thing that has ever happened’ to him.

What’s more, he’s clearly not satisfied by his current level and is keen to progress through the levels at the club.

Asked how long he thought it would take for him to challenge for a first-team spot, he stated that he was already primed to contribute, be that in training or on the pitch.

It’s great to see a young player speak so positively about the club and to target making a breakthrough into Steven Gerrard’s squad.

That might be a while off yet for Balde, though.

He’s still young and hasn’t yet gained sufficient experience at Development or Colts level from which to call upon at senior level.

What’s more, as a central defensive midfielder, there are some top players ahead of him at the club.

In Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara, he has three different but highly capable operators to look up to and to model his game on.

If he can do that successfully and put the graft in, perhaps we’ll see him running out at Ibrox a few years down the line.


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