Warburton explains his message to Rangers loan star Nathan Oduwa; ideal for Tottenham?

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Mark Warburton has given winger Nathan Oduwa some important advice.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that he wants winger Nathan Oduwa to run at players more.

Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season in the Scottish League Cup clash with St. Johnstone last week, and Warburton needed his side to bounce straight back against Morton on Sunday.

That's just what he got, as a hat-trick from Martyn Waghorn and a James Tavernier goal gave Rangers a 4-0 win away from home, maintaining Warburton's 100% league record as Rangers boss.

With eight wins from eight, Rangers are heading in the right direction, and winger Oduwa played a key part in their latest victory.

The 19-year-old wide man, currently on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham, has impressed with his pace and dribbling ability, but manager Warburton has revealed his advice to the teenager.

Speaking to the Rangers official website following the win over Morton, Warburton says that he told Oduwa to run directly at defenders more rather than be cautious when facing full backs - and he showed instant improvement by driving at the Morton defence and winning a first half penalty, which Waghorn converted.

"We spoke to Nathan about taking on players one-on-one, when you get the likes of Barrie McKay and Nathan running at you at pace it’s hard to mark and to play against and you get your penalties," said Warburton.

Given Oduwa's combination of size and speed, he's incredibly hard to stop when he is running at full tilt, rather than trying to produce too many skills - something which can be frustrating at times.

Oduwa's talent is clear to see, and the point of his loan stay from Spurs is for him to develop and improve before returning to White Hart Lane next summer, just as Alex Pritchard did under Warburton at Brentford last season.

Tottenham will want to see Oduwa maximising his potential, and having him run directly at defenders makes him one of Rangers' most dangerous players. With Warburton keen to get the best out of Oduwa, the move is proving to be ideal for Spurs, who are watching Oduwa make an impact on a regular basis during his Ibrox stay.

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