Rangers are at risk of losing Gedion Zelalem in the January transfer window, with the Scottish Sun claiming that Arsenal are considering recalling him.
The playmaking midfielder has been impressive for Rangers since joining on loan over the summer, playing 10 games with a return of five assists. Renowned for his technical skills, this loan spell at Ibrox will be a good learning curve for Zelalem, as it gives him his first consistent taste of competitive senior football.
However, this development could see Arsenal recall him, and if they do, Rangers need to bring in a new similar midfielder to cover for his loss.
And there is one player who Mark Warburton should look to loan, and he plays for Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea.
Ruben Sammut is considered one of the most technically gifted Scottish youth players currently playing, and his development at Chelsea has been a strong one.
18-years-old, Sammut is an extremely gifted midfielder, and is a player highly thought of at Chelsea. He often captained the Under-18 team when younger than many of his teammates, and he started playing for the Blues Under-21 team last year, and has started featuring more and more at that level this season.
However, the chance of playing competitive football would be a great allure for Chelsea, and Rangers could do much worse than move for Sammut on loan if Zelalem is forced to leave.
They possess the same sort of technical skills, whilst Sammut is also more versatile and can feature in a full-back role if needed. Whilst not a great goalscorer he does have a strong creative talent, and already shares a relationship with some of the Rangers youngsters.
A Scottish Under-19 international, Sammut has played alongside Ryan Hardie, the young forward who is on the fringes of Warburton’s first-team.
Sammut may not be as well known a name as Zelalem, but he could be the perfect replacement for the departing Arsenal man if the Gunners recall him in January.