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Rangers: Dapo Mebude can be Steven Gerrard’s secret weapon in 2020 title push

Rangers: Dapo Mebude can be Steven Gerrard’s secret weapon in 2020 title push

Let’s be honest, who was that bothered about Sunday’s final game week in the Scottish Premiership? Rangers certainly didn’t seem to be as Kilmarnock ensured Steven Gerrard ended the season in defeat, although taking the positives from the clash, the Gers got to see 17-year-old Dapo Mebude get a run out in the senior side.

Ultimately, the youngster couldn’t mark his appearances with a goal or a win, but he still did enough to impress the supporters with his neat touch on the ball and willingness to put in the hard yards in his time on the pitch. There now must be thoughts amongst the Bluenoses that Mebude is more ready than they thought, and he’ll be expected to get more minutes in next season’s title push.

The weekend’s action may have been the last time which the Gers witness Alfredo Morelos bag for the Gers, and if he does find himself packing his bags and leaving Glasgow this summer then it will be up to Steven Gerrard to either recruit a replacement or source one from the youth sides. If he opts for the latter, Mebude is the obvious candidate to step up and try and add goals.

Jermain Defoe, Kyle Lafferty and Dapo Mebude have enough goals in their boots between them to replace Morelos, it’s just whether the fans, and Steven Gerrard, can put their combined faith into the strikeforce. It obviously helps that Stevie G has added goalscoring wingers in the form of Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie for next season, but without a doubt, Mebude will be the mystery element for the Gers.

The 17-year-old is blatantly being looked at as a star of the future as he was rewarded with a new contract back in January, tying him down to Ibrox until 2021. That’s a much longer deal that most players of the youngster’s age get at the famous Glasgow club, and you simply cannot rule out the youngster playing his part next season as Rangers target Celtic’s Scottish Premier League crown.

Rangers fans, do you want to see more of Dapo next season? Let us know, comment below!

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