Rangers star Barrie McKay calls for Nathan Oduwa to protect himself

The Tottenham Hotspur youngster has had to deal with plenty of rough treatment in his short time in Scotland.

Rangers forward Barrie McKay has backed on-loan Spurs talent Nathan Oduwa to cope with heavy-handed opposition tactics, but has called on him to protect himself more.

The 18-year old was substituted at half-time during Rangers Petrofac Cup win over Livingston on Tuesday after being on the receiving end of several crunching tackles in the first-half.

“Nathan’s that type of player, he’s always going to take a few knocks. He moves past players and is taken out. He just needs to protect himself more,” said McKay, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

“Once he’s fouled he is straight back up. You see players in different leagues who are fouled and then start rolling about from softer tackles, so it’s a compliment to him that he just gets up and gets on with it.

“Nathan’s a big boy for his age, but he still has a lot to learn and I am sure he will do that here at Rangers,” he added.

Oduwa has impressed audiences North of the border with his flair and dribbling technique, but those very traits have invoked the anger of opposition players who have taken his approach as an insult to their own quality.

Alloa defender Colin Hamilton accused the winger of disrespecting his opponents on his debut back in August, as reported by the Herald Scotland.

“I felt as if he was trying to take the p***,” said Hamilton. “What was there, a minute to go? Was there really any need for it? I can’t tell any player how to play or not play, it’s his decision.”

The Spurs youngster is undoubtedly a talent but he is facing a baptism of fire at Ibrox and will need to be wary of the opposition’s mentality if he is to avoid serious injury.

He was lucky to escape Tuesday’s encounter with only minor knocks and will need to take more care in future to keep himself out of harm’s way.

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