Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo was something of a surprise starter for Rangers in yesterday’s Scottish Cup final win over Hearts at Hampden – and it could hint at an Ibrox future beyond this summer for the Ivorian wonderkid.
Amad had a decent afternoon before being replaced by Scott Wright towards the end of normal time and, having come in from the cold recently, the teenager has started to make a bot of an impression.
While Gio van Bronckhorst wasn’t particularly overloaded with attacking options yesterday, Wright, Fashion Sakala or even Alex Lowry or Cedric Itten could have started in Amad’s place so his inclusion was a little bit of a surprise.
It’s clear though that van Bronckhorst sees something there and the Man United youngster has been given more chances to show what he can do than the likes of Aaron Ramsey when both have been fit.
Rangers likely to be keen to renew Amad’s loan ahead of summer rebuild
The Light Blues are almost certain to undergo a huge rebuild this summer with the likes of Allan McGregor, Leon Balogun, Steven Davis, Connor Goldson and others likely to move on.
Keeping Amad around for another season having spent six month here and gotten to understand the very unique dynamics of playing for Rangers, it can really help him impress.
United have shown a willingness to let players move back to clubs on loan where they feel comfortable and Amad certainly seems to have embraced what it is to be a Rangers player.
Amad returning to Rangers could kickstart Man United career under Erik Ten Hag
The arrival of Erik Ten Hag as the new Man United boss is likely to see plenty of upheaval at Old Trafford in the summer and the prospect of playing regular first-team football can really help Amad’s long-term United career.
He’s unlikely to play much of a role next season but being out and playing for Rangers in front of 50,000 every other Saturday and challenging for trophies would be a fantastic way to prepare him for life as a first-team player for Man United.
Another season at Ibrox – and the possibility of Champions League football for Amad after two successive Europa League finals – would be the ideal move both both clubs.
Read our match report as Rangers lifted the Scottish Cup at Hampden for the first time since 2009