Gedion Zelalem on dealing with the physicality of the Scottish Championship

The on-loan Arsenal talent has coped well with the transition so far.

On-loan Arsenal prospect Gedion Zelalem has discussed on Rangers' official website how he has overcome the rough and tumble nature of football in the Scottish Championship.

The 18-year old has enjoyed an excellent start to his stint at Ibrox despite worries over how the likes of himself and Nathan Oduwa would adapt to conditions in Scotland.

Both have hardly missed a step in their transition, and Zelalem cites his style of play as being the main factor in that.

“A lot of people said Scottish football would be tough and physical but I haven’t really found it that difficult because my game is all about one touch, two touch, so I don’t even try to get into physical battles because that’s not part of my game,” he told the Rangers site.

“I thought last Saturday that one of the midfielders was really tight on me all the time and I found it hard to make space for myself.

“But you see Messi and I’m sure teams try and stop him playing but it doesn’t stop him so I’ll have to get used to that," he added.

Saturday’s game against Livingston wasn’t Zelalem’s best, but Mark Warburton’s team as a whole weren’t at their peak, and much has been made about a return to high standards this week.

The former Brentford boss insists on maintaining a certain level of performance and even a 3-0 victory isn’t enough to avoid criticism if the performance isn’t up to scratch.

Dumbarton are Saturday’s opponents and could face a backlash as the Gers arrive intent on making a statement to the rest of the division.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch