Dapo Mebude eviscerated the Stranraer defence as Rangers won in the Challenge Cup – is he going to get a chance in the Scottish Premiership?
Graeme Murty was thrilled with the performance of Dapo Mebude after Rangers’ reserves reached the third round of the Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win against Stranraer on Tuesday.
Josh McPake and Jamie Barjonas were on target but Mebude was the standout performer throughout, producing a display which will only add to the growing excitement about the teenager’s potential.
The London-born 18-year-old is certainly turning heads with his devastating pace and Stranraer’s defence simply couldn’t deal with him in a display full of creativity and quality.
But it was Mebude’s selflessness which caught the eye of academy coach Murty.
“Although he didn’t score tonight I thought Dapo Mebude put a real good shift in for the team he put his body on the line it was a physical challenge for him,” Murty told the club’s official website.
“He is a little frustrated because he didn’t get a goal himself but he sacrificed himself so that others could exploit the spaces that he created so he deserves a special mention for that and I thought he played a really big part in our attacking play today.”
A ‘special mention’ is the least Mebude deserves.
The youngster made his official first-team debut for Rangers during a 2-1 Scottish Premiership defeat to Kilmarnock in May but surely more opportunities are on their way as long as Mebude continues to eviscerate lower league defences with his spitfire speed.
Murty was also keen to highlight the performances of centre-back duo Danny Finlayson and Rhys Breen but there was no doubt who should take home the Man of the Match award.
With Steven Gerrard telling the Daily Record this week that he is perhaps one player short in attack, maybe he should ask Murty about a diminutive little Englishman.