Former Rangers loanee Nathan Oduwa has opened up on his stint at Ibrox and believes his short spell in Glasgow was a “very good time” in his career.
Oduwa moved to Ibrox under Mark Warburton – with the winger praising the former Gers boss – but saw his loan stint cut short after falling out of favour.
Since leaving Rangers, Oduwa has moved around Europe, currently plying his trade in Israel, but the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster still thinks highly of the “amazing” Gers fanbase.
“It was a very good time for me during that period at Rangers, even though the loan was cut short,” Oduwa told World Football Index.
“I pretty much started off with a bang, and some people may call it controversial, but I believe that a young player who is skilful should just go out and express themselves and not be scared to perform and showcase their talents on any stage.
“I have to thank Mark Warburton a lot because he did give me that confidence and that freedom to express myself without being scared, and at the same time do it in the right areas of the pitch.
“Every player has different form during their playing career, I just felt I could have got a bit more guidance during that time in my loan spell when I was not playing well.
“The fans of Rangers are amazing, and the structure of the club and the way everything is organised is fantastic.”
Oduwa made 19 appearances, scoring once, during his time with Rangers and has subsequently had spells with Colchester United, Peterborough United, Olimpija Ljubljana and Velje Boldklub before signing for current club Hapoel Hadera.
The winger made a bright start with a number of assists in his first few games for Rangers – as well as a rainbow flick that saw him scythed down by Alloa’s Colin Hamilton – but he’s never really kicked on and lived up to his potential.
His spell in Israel should give him a decent chance to experience something a bit different and play some regular games and rebuild his career.