Former Rangers striker Andy Dallas has opened up on his decision to leave Ibrox, in an interview with the Glasgow Evening Times.
The 20-year-old signed for Cambridge United in July on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
✍️ U's sign striker Andrew Dallas from @RangersFC for undisclosed fee.
Striker signs two year deal at the Abbey.
— Cambridge United FC (@CambridgeUtdFC) July 29, 2019
That’s despite having the opportunity to stay with the Gers, after finishing as the top scorer in the SPFL Reserve League last season.
The young marksman never managed a first-team appearance, but he did make the bench twice in 2018.
Former Rangers striker Dallas content with transfer decision
“There was obviously doubts as I’m still quite young and I’d have to move away from home,” Dallas told the Glasgow Evening Times. “But I went down and played Leicester City in a friendly to get a feel of the place.”
“It felt like the move was right for me and, since then, I’ve settled in well with a good bunch of lads.
“It got to the stage where I felt I was good enough to be in a first-team environment and show what I’m about. I know I can run past men who have played the game. I feel like I’ve made the right decision.”
It’s good to see that Dallas is content with what was a big call for his career. It would have been easy for him to stay on for another season on two playing Colts football and hoping for the odd first-team cameo.
Realistically, with the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe at Ibrox, no matter what Dallas did at development level, he wouldn’t have got a look in.
It was still brave to up sticks and head south of the border, though, and he deserves credit for that.
So far, things aren’t quite going to plan on the pitch. He’s made nine appearances and is yet to score, meaning he’s still waiting for his first goal in senior football. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Greenock Morton but didn’t manage to net there, either [Soccerbase].
However, he hasn’t really got a proper run in the U’s side yet. Only four of his nine appearances have come from the start, and several times he’s been brought off the bench with only minutes remaining.
Hopefully, he’ll get more chances as the season progresses, and begin to make a name for himself in the EFL.