Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston has admitted that it is “frustrating” not having Rangers loanee Dapo Mebude available after the Ibrox Academy star was one of five players caught breaching Covid rules.

Mebude missed out again on Saturday as Johnston’s Doonhamer’s surprised Dundee 3-2 at Palmerston to climb into fourth in the table and a playoff spot.

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Mebude during a Scottish Championship match between Queen of the South and Morton (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 19-year-old looks unlikely to play again this season with a lengthy Scottish FA ban on the cards and ex-Ibrox winger Johnston confessed he’s been left waiting to hear from elsewhere what will happen next.

“Dapo had done well for us in the games he played so it’s a wee bit frustrating he’s not involved but it’s out of our hands at the moment,” Johnston said [Not The Old Firm].

Two other Rangers loanees were involved for the Dumfries side, Rhys Breen and James Maxwell, with Breen scoring his first senior goal to make it 2-0.


Mebude’s Ibrox contract is up in the summer and his stint at Palmerston was supposed to give him a platform to win a new deal or a move elsewhere.

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The Scotland youth international is unlikely to play again before the end of the campaign so he’ll have a lot to do now to secure a future.


Mebude prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully though, the teenager does manage to get another chance somewhere as he’s shown throughout his time in the Academy that he has the attributes to carve out a good career.

Read more about Rhys Breen scoring his first senior goal in Queen of the South’s win over the Dens Park side


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