Promising striker looks set for Rangers exit with contract expiring this summer
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Promising striker looks set for Rangers exit with contract expiring this summer

Promising young striker Dapo Mebude looks set to leave Rangers this summer with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.

Mebude was regarded as one of the Academy’s brightest prospects during the 2018/19 season and he made his senior debut during the Gers’ final Premiership fixture of the campaign at Kilmarnock.

Dapo Mebude makes his senior Rangers debut at Kilmarnock. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The forward replaced Daniel Candeias for the final 27 minutes of a 2-1 defeat at Rugby Park and looked bright in possession.

However, he’s been unable to kick on following that taste of the big time and hasn’t made a matchday squad since.

Last season, he played a crucial role as the Rangers Colts reached the Challenge Cup semi-final, while he also started all five of the Gers U20s’ UEFA Youth League matches.

He scored once and notched two assists in that competition, but he struggled as Graeme Murty’s team were knocked out by a classy Atletico Madrid side at Firhill in February.

This season, while Nathan Patterson has permanently joined the first-team ranks and the likes of Ciaran Dickson and Leon King regularly take part in senior training, Mebude has remained with the B team squad.

Other highly-rated youngsters like Ben Williamson have recently signed new deals but Mebude’s last extension came back in December 2018 and that deal expires at the end of the current campaign.

Dapo Mebude’s current Rangers contract expires in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Academy splashed out on several new strikers in the summer, such as Tony Weston and James Graham, and it appears that they are now seen as having a more realistic chance of making it at Rangers.

Adedire Mebude joined Manchester City in September and it looks as though Dapo could soon be heading out of Ibrox too.

It sounds as though a current first-team star is going nowhere, though, after he insisted he is happy at Rangers amid reported interest from a Champions League club.