Mark Warburton urges Gers loan star Nathan Oduwa to find solutions after frustrating injury

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton has slammed Livingston's treatment of Tottenham-owned Nathan Oduwa.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is far from happy after Nathan Oduwa was substituted at half time in the 1-0 win over Livingston, and told the club's official website of his frustration.

The Gers won the game through a second half Nicky Clark goal, meaning they advance in to the semi-finals of the Petrofac Training Cup.

However, the victory has been somewhat overshadowed by an injury to winger Oduwa, who is on a season-long loan deal from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The 19-year-old wide man has become a target for full backs due to his skill - otherwise perceived as showboating - and the rough treatment he has received has now culminated in him suffering an injury.

Having been hauled off at half time, Oduwa's injury is a major concern for manager Warburton - and the Gers boss told the club's official website that he was frustrated that the referee didn't give Oduwa more protection, and backed the teenager to 'find solutions' to the rough treatment from defenders.

"It is frustrating evening – there were some poor challenges tonight and Nathan came off at half-time because of one of those," said Warburton. "We will assess him in the morning, it was nothing too serious but it was a bad challenge that injured him – the first one was 30 seconds into the game and four or five swiftly followed. He will learn, he is a very talented player, he is a good player and he will learn and find solutions," he added.

One of the big fears amongst Spurs fans when Oduwa joined Rangers on loan during the summer was that he could suffer injuries due to aggressive challenges from defenders who simply can't keep up with his pace and dribbling ability.

Now, Rangers must assess Oduwa's injury and see just how severe the damage is, in what is a huge blow to Warburton and his promotion-chasing Gers side.

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