Former Rangers player Dapo Mebude has followed in the footsteps of brother Dire by signing a deal with a Premier League club.
The former Ibrox striker was one of ten Academy players released in the summer and joins newly-promoted Watford after his contract expired at Ibrox.
✍️ We are pleased to confirm the signing of young forward Dapo Mebude, previously of Glasgow Rangers.
Welcome to Watford, @DMebude! 🐝
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) July 9, 2021
Once touted as being amongst the brightest talents in the Gers youth set-up, it never quite happened for Dapo at Rangers despite spending much of his adolescence at the club.
The player broke through at Ibrox come the end of the 18/19 season as Rangers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock but he never appeared for the first team again.
A popular presence in the club’s youth ranks and B teams, Dapo was sent out on loan to Queen of the South in the second half of last season.
However, following a high-profile Covid-19 breach earlier in the year, Dapo was amongst five Rangers players who were eventually suspended by the SFA for six matches.
Things might not have worked out for Dapo in Glasgow, but Rangers fans will appreciate the forward’s parting comments from the club.
— Dapo Mebude (@DMebude) June 22, 2021
“It’s been a tough decision but after 9 years being at Rangers, I have decided to move on and take the next step in my career,” said Mebude [Twitter].
“I have a lot of people to thank for my time there, the kitchen staff, the physios, coaches and all the people behind the scenes to make everything easy for the players.
“Making my debut at Rangers was a moment I will never forget and I will forever be grateful to the Gaffer and 1st team staff for that.
“The fans throughout my time at the club have shown me a lot of support from a young age, I really appreciated that.
“Seeing the club get back where they belong this season was special for everyone involved at the club and I hope the club continue with every success in the future.
“I came as a kid and left as a man. Thank you.”
Dapo’s younger brother Dire is another who’s left the Rangers Academy for pastures new at one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.