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Should Rangers boss Steven Gerrard promote Dapo Mebude?

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Could Dapo Mebude earn his debut for Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers before the season is out?

Zidane Iqbal (L) of Manchester United and Adedire Awokoya Mebude (R) of Rangers during the Super Cup NI football tournament junior section game between Manchester United and Rangers on...

We're in the final stretch of a mixed first season for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

On the one hand, Gerrard led Rangers back into the Europa League proper, after the light Blues were first-round casualties under Pedro Caixinha a year previous.

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But on the other hand, it'll be a trophy-less season for the 37-year-old manager, whose side were dumped out of both domestic competitions by Aberdeen, and are 11 points behind Celtic.

Gerrard must be looking to next season and if he is, why not experiment a little with his players before the season is out.

One player who Rangers fans might want to see is Dapo Mebude.

 

This is a 17-year-old striker who Gerrard clearly likes, after taking him on the away trip to Spartak Moscow earlier this season, though he didn't make the bench on the day.

Nevertheless, Mebude, who turns 18 in July, has been back to playing academy games under Graeme Murty since flirting with a senior debut and, with Gerrard's side having little to play for, what's the harm in giving him first-team minutes between now and the end of the season?

Alfredo Morelos could be gone by August, as could Kyle Lafferty, and Jermain Defoe is 37 years of age and only on loan.

It is hoped that Mebude has a promising future at Rangers, so why not get him started as soon as possible and see if he's ready for the big time?

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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