Gedion Zelalem revels in new-found fame at Rangers

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The on-loan Arsenal youngster has been surprised by the reaction of Gers fans to him.

Gedion Zelalem has admitted on Rangers' official website to being surprised at the amount of fan attention he has received since his loan move from Arsenal.

The 18-year old has taken to life on the pitch seamlessly and is already a regular fixture in Mark Warburton’s starting XI.

Life off the pitch has been more of an adjustment, but the United States Under-23 international is enjoying his increased profile.

“I didn’t expect the attention, a lot of people said I would get asked for autographs and pictures but I just thought “Ah ok” and didn’t think it would happen,” he told the Rangers site.

“But everywhere you go you bump into fans and see them appreciating you so it is really good – I like that part of it. “

“I like the pressure of expectation and I like the spotlight and I expect that from myself so it doesn’t affect me," he added.

The talented youngster has been a key component of the Gers all-conquering start to the season and is already living up to the billing that came with the highly-regarded Gunners prospect.

His ability to dictate play in central midfield has been instrumental in Rangers controlling games, and his influence is apparent despite his lack of goals.

Zelalem could be rested for this weekend’s clash with Dumbarton - with Warburton keeping one eye on Tuesday’s cup clash with St. Johnstone – but the Arsenal loanee will be eager to get back out on the pitch and soak up more of that new-found attention.

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