Rangers hero Johnstone explains why Nathan Oduwa is different to most players

Rangers signed Nathan Odwua on loan from Tottenham over the summer.

Rangers young loan star Oduwa has been coming under criticism in recent days for his showboating antics, but Gers legend Derek Johnstone has told the Evening Times that the Tottenham youngster should be praised for having the confidence to try his skills on the field of play.

Johnstone said: “After the outrageous piece of skill he showed against Alloa, when he was criticised for flicking the ball over Colin Hamilton, I made it clear that we should regard it as something wonderful that we have a talent such as Oduwa in Scotland. Lots of players can do that kind of thing in training, but they don't do it when it counts. He has the confidence to try these things and pull them off.”

This sort of confidence is one thing from a senior player, but to see Oduwa having the belief in his abilities to pull off such tricks suggest he will make it at the top level of the game.

He is only 19, and this is his first taste of senior football, and Oduwa has so far been impressing. He has played 13 games, registering four assists, and has stood up a number of rival Championship defences with some displays of truly top class skill.

Johnstone has praised Oduwa for having this confidence in his own abilities to be attempt such things that most players would only want to try in training. The youngster may come across as cocky, but this sort of attitude is what players need to break into senior sides, and ultimately develop into top class players - just look at Cristiano Ronaldo.

Oduwa may be coming under criticism from a number of rival players and managers for his approach to playing games, but it is only because he is more confident than every other player, and this attitude makes him stand out from all his rivals, and could help him become a truly fantastic player for Spurs.

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