Pacy striker Dapo Mebude looks likely to leave Rangers for nothing this summer, with his contract soon set to expire.
London-born Mebude has been with the club for several years and was a standout player for Academy sides during Steven Gerrard’s first season at Ibrox.
He was rewarded with opportunities to train alongside and travel with the first-team squad on matchdays before eventually making his senior debut against Kilmarnock in May 2019.
The 19-year-old hasn’t been able to kick on from there, though, and wasn’t part of a small group of young players given the chance to move up to the senior group earlier this season.
Instead, he was sent out for a first-ever loan spell to Queen of the South in January.
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Mebude made 12 appearances in total for the Championship side and scored two goals, but his stint was disrupted by his involvement in the ‘Covid Five’ case and he missed several games at the back end of the season due to a subsequent suspension.
With his deal up in the summer [Transfermarkt], it always looked likely that he would need to produce something spectacular at Palmerston Park to be in with a chance of an extension, and although it was a largely positive stint, his final numbers are unremarkable.
Mebude has bags of pace and has shown his finishing ability at age group and Reserves level.
Yet, with high-quality forwards like Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten all on the books, it seems the Gers feel that he doesn’t have a realistic chance of a permanent first-team breakthrough any time soon and as a result, he’ll likely have to continue his development elsewhere.