Mark Warburton hails Rangers youngster Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem

Manager of Scottish Championship leaders Rangers Mark Warburton hails Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record that Arsenal loanee Gedion Zelalem has all the qualities which he craves in a player.

The highly-rated Gunner joined Warburton's troops on an initial six-month loan in the summer, before the former Brentford manager saw fit to keep the starlet - who turned 19 in January - in Glasgow for the remainder of the season back in January.

Zelalem, at times, looked to be struggling during his spell and incurred the wrath of fans at Ibrox on a number of occasions, but the 53-year-old says that the way in which he has responded to that pressure is testament to his "great character".

Being on the books at Arsenal, it is obvious that Zelalem is going to be comfortable in possession, one of the hallmarks which coach Arsene Wenger looks for in a player, and Warburton says that the young midfielder more or less ticks all of his boxes too.

“I said right from the start I wanted players who could dominate the football. Others may use different terms but I want players who are comfortable in possession, enjoy possession and always look to get on it," he said to the Daily Record.

“And if they make a mistake, show again. Look at Gedion Zelalem, a couple of games the crowd got on his back when the first couple of passes went astray but the next thing he does is go straight for the ball.

“He’s 18 but that’s great character, great courage to get on the ball and play in that sort of arena. That’s the type of player I’ll always go for.”

 

The youngster has, however, struggled for regular game time in recent weeks and months, starting once since February.

 

His 10-minute cameo in Saturday's 3-3 draw at Raith Rovers was his only bit of first-team action in two months.

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