Is Serge Atakayi on the cusp of showcasing talent in Rangers first team?

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers beat Premier League teams to the signing of electric winger Serge Atakayi in 2016.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers appear to have a real star on their hands in Serge Atakayi. The highly-rated winger is emerging as one of the most exciting prospects in the club’s academy and his goalscoring performance in the 5-2 Youth Cup win against Partick Thistle on Monday only enhanced his glowing reputation.

The Congolese-born attacker became the youngest player ever to feature in Finland’s top flight when he turned out for FF Jaro aged just 16 years and 107 days. Two-and-a-half years on, a shot in Rangers’ first-team will be beckoning if he maintains his sparking form for the club’s Under-20s.

Rangers fans are seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

And Rangers decision to sign Atakayi after a successful trial period in the summer of 2016 could soon look like a really inspired decision. The Daily Record claimed that the 18-year-old was also a target for a number of Premier League clubs before putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at Ibrox.

And although he is yet to make his first-team debut, despite appearing on the bench in May, whoever takes the reigns at Rangers surely won’t take long to realise the precocious talent they have on their hands.

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

A winger comfortable on either flank, Rangers’ current caretaker boss Graeme Murty admitted that Atakayi can ‘thrill or frustrate’ in equal measure in a manner typical of young, rough-edged widemen.

But with Rangers a little short when it comes to speed and unpredictability in wide areas, it is no exaggeration to claim that the inclusion of Atakayi could even transform the club’s attack.

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