Rangers loan star Gedion Zelalem explains why life at Ibrox is 'similar to Arsenal'

Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem claims Rangers remind him of Arsenal.

Rangers loanee Gedion Zelalem has told the club's official website that the high standards under Mark Warburton remind him of playing for Arsenal.

Zelalem, 18, is highly regarded at Arsenal, but has been sent out on loan this season in order to gain valuable first team experience with Rangers.

The United States Under-21 international made the surprise move to Ibrox last month, and has been featuring regularly in midfield under Warburton.

The teenager started in Rangers' 3-0 win over Livingston on Saturday, and whilst that result kept up Rangers' 100% record in the Scottish Championship this season, they weren't quite up to their usually high standards during the victory at Ibrox.

Now, speaking to the Rangers official website, Zelalem admitted that he faced a similar situation at Arsenal during a Champions League clash - and added that the standards at Rangers are similar to those at the Emirates Stadium under Arsene Wenger.

"You don’t see a team being disappointed after a win at professional level very often," said Zelalem. "I remember playing against Galatasaray in the Champions League last year when I came on in the second-half and they had played really well in the first half."

"But Lukas Podolski scored the fourth goal and he was telling us “This is awful” while we were celebrating, so the standards here are similar to Arsenal," he added.

Rangers are the clear, undoubted favourites to win the Scottish Championship title this season, and when there are complaints during a 3-0 win, it means that standards have been set very high - something Warburton will be delighted with so early into his reign.

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