Three months after leaving Ibrox, Lewis Macleod still hasn't made his debut

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Ex-Rangers youngster Lewis Macleod still hasn't made his Brentford debut.

Rangers fans were unhappy when Lewis Macleod was sold to Brentford in January - but he may not kick a ball again this season, as Bees boss Mark Warburton told the Daily Mail.

Macleod, who joined Rangers at the age of ten, emerged through the Ibrox youth system, and became a first-team regular after the club's demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football.

With eight goals in 55 games entering this season, Macleod was dubbed as the next big thing at Rangers, and he did that tag justice with eight goals in just 21 appearances.

However, given Rangers' perilous financial situation in January, they were forced to sell Macleod for a reported fee of £1m.

Many Rangers supporters were devastated to see a player who had come up through the ranks leave the club after an impressive first half of the season - but his time in England hasn't gone to plan so far.

Three months into his Brentford career, Macleod still hasn't made his debut yet, having dealt with a hamstring injury ever since his arrival in West London.

Now, Bees manager Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that Macleod may not even play this season, and is willing to wait before throwing the 20-year-old into first-team action.

"He's coming along. We have to be fair to the player. I want him to be involved," said Warburton. "He's been out for three or four months and he's got to be comfortable that he can commit 100 per cent."

"The last thing you want to do is put a player on with a doubt in his mind with regards to a sprint, challenge, jump or tackle. He's very close but we have to be fair to the player," he added.

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