Rangers new boy Gedion Zelalem has spoken of his need to adjust to the demands of the crowd and the mentality at Rangers, as he prepares to make his bow in Scottish football.
“It will be really hot on the pitch and the fans will get on to you if you make a mistake, but that’s football and it’s something I’ll need to get used to,” said the 18-year old, in an interview with Rangers TV.
The Arsenal loanee has only made two senior appearances for his parent club and is sure to be in for a few shocks as he settles into life as an Old Firm footballer.
Zelalem's technical quality has been much-lauded and he will have to be prepared to deal with rough treatment, as he attempts to demonstrate that quality in Scotland’s second tier – as Nathan Oduwa quickly found out on his debut last week.
The experience is bound to stand him in good stead for his return to the Emirates, however, and the USA Under-20 international is under no illusions as to what is expected of him during his stint at Ibrox.
“There is a winning mentality here and we know we need to win every game,” he added.
“I know I’ll have to work hard here in training every day and play well in the games. Whoever is playing best will get picked.
“If he sees you’re good enough to play, he’ll play you. It doesn’t matter how old or how big you are, if you’re good enough he’ll play you.”
Zelalem’s comments reflect that of the general consensus surrounding the job Mark Warburton has done at Rangers, and expectations are sky-high.
The former Brentford boss has slowly amassed a squad full of quality, with the potential to really excite, and the Arsenal youngster might just prove to be the most exciting of the bunch.