Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has suggested in The Daily Record that Tottenham Hotspur-owned winger Nathan Oduwa will become a better player as a result of rough treatment in the Scottish Championship.
The 19-year-old attacker, who joined Rangers on a season-long loan deal from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window, has been making the headlines in Scotland for the past few days.
The England Under-20 international was the victim of bad tackles during the Gers’ Scottish Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against Livingston on Tuesday evening.
Oduwa did not come on for the second half at Ibrox, as Rangers won the game 1-0 thanks to Nicky Clark’s effort from 30 yards.
The Tottenham-owned winger is a skilful and talented young player, but his tricks and flicks have not gone down too well with opposition players in the Scottish Championship.
Former Rangers star Ferguson believes that tough challenges are only going to help Oduwa develop as a footballer.
“I’m sure he’d have it much easier if he opted to go back to life as an academy player at Spurs,” the former Scotland international wrote in The Daily Record.
“But if I could have a word with him, I’d tell him to stay where he is because he is learning lessons that will develop him as a player and make him a better man.”
Oduwa is a talented young player who is destined for greater things. Playing in the Scottish Championship and getting some rough treatment is indeed going to help the teenager grow and develop as a footballer.
However, it must be remembered that all footballers are just a tackle away from having their careers ended.
As much as one would like competitive football, players like Oduwa should not come under unnecessary and dangerous challenges just because they are better and more talented.