Mark Warburton praises Gedion Zelalem’s debut for Rangers

Rangers loan star Zelalem made his debut on Wednesday after moving from Arsenal.

Zelalem made an excellent full debut for Rangers on Wednesday, and Mark Warburton has told the Evening Times why he was delighted with the young midfielder’s performance for the Gers.

Warburton said: “I was delighted with him. I was delighted he got on the ball so quickly. Sometimes young players come in and touch the ball too often at the start. I think he touched the ball more in the first 15 minutes than some players touch it for the whole game.”

Considering young debutants can frequently be overawed by making senior appearances, Zelalem’s debut was that of old pro rather than youngster.

He dominated in the midfield, registering two assists as Rangers claimed a 5-0 victory over Airdrie, taking that seasonal tally to seven wins in seven games this term.

However, it was one area of his play that Warburton was especially delighted with, as Zelalem was always looking to get on the ball as soon as the game started.

As a midfielder always looking to make something happen, the 18-year-old needs to ensure he is on the ball as much as possible, and rather than shying away from his duties on his first start for the club, the youngster actively got involved in creating play.

It was a debut for Zelalem which gives great hope for his success in a Rangers shirt, and if he can continue to improve upon the role he played this week, then the Gers have a truly top class player on their hands.

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