Rangers fans were delighted to see the club confirm the loan signing of Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo yesterday – but the Gers support shouldn’t put too much pressure on the young Ivorian to be the answer to the Light Blues’ problems.
After putting pen-to-paper on a short-term deal and being handed the number 9 jersey by Jimmy Bell, Amad could make his debut tomorrow against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.
But there needs to be some patience with the teenager despite the massive transfer fee that brought him to the UK to sign for Manchester United this time last year.
With a massive reputation following him up the M6, Amad will no doubt be expected by some to be the silver bullet to Rangers’ admittedly over-exaggerated woes in attack.
However, with only 68 minutes of senior football to his name this season, there will be ups and downs over the coming weeks, particularly as the Man United youngster settles in with his new teammates.
Experienced heads like Scotty Arfield, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo will be there to help guide the teen as he gets adjusted to life at Rangers.
When he does make his debut for the Gers – and it may well come tomorrow – fans can’t just jump on his back at the first mistake.
Certain sections of the Rangers support can be notoriously fickle and have a need to pick someone out as their designated target, and it is easy to see them piling on Amad if he has a slow start to his loan move.
Man United price tag means nothing to Rangers
The reported £37million fee that United paid to bring Amad to Old Trafford massively outstrips anything Rangers (or anyone else in Scottish football for that matter) could afford to spend on a player and there will no doubt be some Rangers da’ somewhere with a tweet already saved in drafts insisting Man United were robbed.
Who knows, he might well end up coming to Scotland and being head and shoulders above everybody else in the league from the first minute he steps on the pitch.
If (and likely when) he isn’t, it isn’t immediate cause to terminate his loan deal and write him off as Dalcio Mk. II.
There are still many, many twists and turns to come in the title race as Rangers look to make it 56 and, given a little bit of room to find his feet and get comfortable, Amad might just end up making the difference for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side.