Amad Diallo will wear squad number 9 at Rangers but he might never have ended up at Ibrox if a summer move to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s old club Feyenoord materialised.
The Man United winger has joined the Ibrox club on loan until the end of the season but things could’ve been quite different if he had moved to the Eredivisie.
After playing for the Ivory Coast at the Olympics in the summer, Amad was set to join Feyenoord before an injury stopped the move from materialising [United in Focus].
This highlights the level of interest in the 19-year-old with Rangers sporting director also confirming the Gers pipped a host of top clubs to sign the right-sided attacker.
“This is a really exciting signing for us as Amad was highly sought after by a number of clubs,” said Wilson [Rangers].
“We have been working hard with Manchester United and Amad’s agents throughout January to reach an agreement for Amad to become a Rangers player.
“We have stayed patient in our discussions as we know what Amad can bring to our group. Amad and Manchester United had an array of options this window across the Premier League and in Europe, so needless to say, I’m absolutely delighted that we have been able to convince both Manchester United and Amad that Rangers is the perfect place for him to continue to showcase his undoubted and exciting talent.”
Rangers squad number revealed as Amad Diallo to wear number 9
The latest Rangers signing Amad Diallo has also been handed the number 9 shirt after it was vacated by the exit of Jermain Defoe.
This move is certainly symbolic of Rangers’ intentions to play the player with Amad Diallo now likely to form a first-choice front three alongside Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent.
It’s an exciting move for Rangers fans and supporters will be hoping to grab their first glimpse of the inside forward during the weekend’s clash with Ross County.
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