Man United loanee has ideal chance to shine in massive Old Firm derby
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Man United loanee has ideal chance to shine in massive Old Firm derby

Rangers loanee Amad Diallo saw his chance to prove he can cut it at Ibrox cut short last weekend when he was replaced just 30 minutes into the win over Motherwell as the Gers reshuffled following Leon Balogun’s red card – but the Man United youngster can use that to help fire the Light Blues to three points against Celtic tomorrow.

The Ivorian has struggled for game time at Ibrox since his loan move in the final days of the January transfer window, making a return to the starting XI at Fir Park last weekend.

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However, after a decent start, he was replaced 30 minutes in as the Light Blues were forced into a rejig when Leon Balogun was dismissed, leaving the youngster unable to really prove himself in Lanarkshire.

With Rangers still short of attacking options going into tomorrow’s clash with Celtic, it could well be the platform Amad needs to show just what he is capable of after a disappointing stint in Glasgow so far.

A promising start following his arrival saw Amad score on his debut for Rangers but a shambolic performance in an Old Firm defeat at Celtic Park saw him forced to the sidelines.

After that, minutes were hard to come by for the youngster United splashed out close to £40million to sign from Atalanta.

Motherwell clash offered chance at Rangers reprieve

When Amad was named in the starting XI last weekend at Fir Park, it looked like the perfect chance for him to stake a claim for the upcoming crucial games as the Gers chase an unlikely Treble.

Balogun’s red card spelt the end for his involvement and, heading into this weekend’s Old Firm, there seems to be a feeling that he’ll be back in the side.

If he does get the nod tomorrow, it’s a massive opportunity for him to prove he has what it takes to perform at the top level.

New Man United boss will no doubt be a keen Old Firm spectator

The appointment of Erik Ten Hag as Man United boss will be something that will surely be playing on Amad’s mind ahead of his return to Old Trafford this summer.

He’ll almost certainly have an eye on Glasgow’s East End tomorrow if Amad is given a chance to impress as he runs the rule over his future charge.

If Amad wants to have a future at Old Trafford, a big performance tomorrow could go some way to helping him secure that.

His Rangers spell is unlikely to be one that sees his return to United spark sadness in the Gers support but some big performances over the coming weeks – starting tomorrow – might just change that for him.

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