It has taken some time for Rangers winger Amad to settle since his January loan move from Man United – and we reckon it’d be a shame to let the teenage wonderkid leave Ibrox so soon.
Signed for a reported £19m rising to £37m in January 2021, United pipped some of the top clubs in Europe to sign the youngster from Italian outfit Atalanta [BBC Sport].
But as Rangers fans have found out themselves, whilst there is plenty of talent in the kid there is still a rawness that needs to be worked out in his journey from youth talent to first-teamer.
Amad’s start to life at Ibrox was explosive; fans had belted out a song in the winger’s honour upon arrival and this was backed up with the opening goal against Ross County in February.
But a stuttering 3-3 draw came amid a run of woeful form that saw Rangers chuck away a six-point lead and wind up six points behind their rivals Celtic. The title race is now all but over.
Amad did have his role to play in this; failing to square the ball to Fashion Sakala in a 1-1 draw with Dundee United in February had plenty questioning the transfer, this a clear sign of a lack of experience.
The winger’s non-existent performance in the season-defining 3-0 humbling to Celtic didn’t see too much criticism fall on Amad but rather the technical team – and maybe the fans – for chucking the youngster to the lions.
But in the last few weeks we have began to see a more understanding and classy side to this likeable young kid.
Rangers fans growing to Man United kid Amad – and Amad is growing to Rangers
Gone are the highlight reel videos – something that particularly irks in Scotland if the team hasn’t won – and here are small insights into the mind of a player who looks like he’s enjoying it at Rangers.
Even without playing so much since joining in January, Rangers perhaps taking the kid out of the firing line in a difficult period of the season, something suggests the youngster has embraced life in Glasgow.
Those celebrations after the Scottish Cup win over Celtic, the defiance in the face of racist abuse in the match with Motherwell, the classy message after the passing of Jimmy Bell.
The Rangers kitman would’ve loved the tactical yellow card he received in the draw at Celtic Park too – an insight into the player’s development into the culture and requirements to make it at Rangers.
Kudos too to van Bronckhorst for offering the youngster a chance at Celtic Park redemption.
All of this comes at perhaps the most inopportune time for Amad; Rangers have three Scottish Premiership matches to play, potentially two more in the Europa League and one Scottish Cup final.
If others are fit, particularly in these bigger matches, it’s unlikely the kid will get the nod.
Looking ahead to the summer, it seems a shame to see Amad leave in what feels like a hurry and as Man United face a summer rebuild there’s an inevitably about his return to Old Trafford to be assessed.
But for someone so raw there is a genuine benefit for the Red Devils to letting Amad develop for another season in Glasgow if they opt to look elsewhere in their summer business.
For Rangers fans who’ve seen a youngster mature and stabilise off the pitch, one more year in royal blue might just let us seem him begin to flourish on it too.