Mark Warburton plays down issues over Nathan Oduwa’s showboating

The Tottenham loanee was slammed by Alloa defender Colin Hamilton for his performance for Rangers.

With Rangers leading 5-1, Oduwa set up one goal - as well as another which was called offside - and Mark Warburton has told the Daily Mail that his showboating is not an issue to be worried about - despite claims from Alloa man Hamilton.

Warburton said: “There’s no lack of respect intended, absolutely not. He’s just enjoying his football. He’s come up to play. It’s frustrating when you’re a young player at a big club, not getting in the first team. You want competitive football. We’ll have a quiet word. He’s a very respectful young guy. I’ve no doubt he’ll make an impression – for all the right reasons.

Oduwa certainly looked impressive in the game, and his tricks and flicks were part and parcel of his abilities.

As a forward player who was taking on defenders, it is his ambition to get past the back line, and sometimes that means he has to result to showboating to a certain level.

And for all his exuberance, it is hard to deny that Oduwa’s pieces of skill were working. He created a goal, and set up another which was incorrectly called offside, and the youngster looked to be a key attacking threat for the 30 minutes he enjoyed on the pitch.

Warburton has admitted he will have a ‘quiet word’ with Oduwa, but the coach believes it is merely youthful exuberance that caused him to act that way on the field of play.

He is finally getting a chance for consistent football, and if his showboating continues to bring results such as the 5-1 victory, it is hard to imagine Warburton will tell him to stop playing like that for Rangers.

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