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Exciting Rangers Signing Has Failed Miserably Since His Winter Loan: What Went Wrong For Him?

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Rangers have progressed through to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Europa League but, at the same time, are struggling in the Premiership. Celtic are three points clear at the summit of the league standings and the upcoming Glasgow derby post-international break might prove decisive in the title hunt. The Gers roped in an array of new names in winter, however, all of them could not live up to expectations over the past couple of months. Amad Diallo is indeed one of them who was one of their exciting January additions.

Diallo, 19, was tied down by Manchester United over a year ago from Atalanta. They splashed a staggering £37m to secure his services and the Rangers fan were delighted to have him on loan for the rest of the campaign given his early impact in the Scottish game. The Ivorian scored within 5 minutes of his debut, but it went all wrong for the teenager ever since as he is struggling to get enough minutes in recent games.

Rangers winger Amad Diallo
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Amad Diallo of Rangers reacts after a missed opportunity during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at on February 02, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

What Went Wrong For Diallo At Rangers

The winger was supposed to be a like-for-like replacement for Ianis Hagi who suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this year. But the resurgence of Scott Arfield saw Diallo losing his place to the veteran Canadian down the right-hand flank after a couple of fixtures. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the Light Blues chief, has opened up recently on the youngster’s situation at Ibrox (as quoted by MEN).

“He had a good start. You also know the change in environment for him is an aspect that he feels. Also the level of playing now. He played a couple of games with United but only in the reserves so the intensity that he will be feeling in Scotland is much higher.”

The Red Devils had ample loan offers for him during the January window, but the club decided to ship him to Rangers to develop his game in British football. Although a decision would be made on his future after the club appoints their new manager, it is highly unlikely that he would return to Glasgow for the 2022-23 term after a failed stint so far.

Fashion Sakala, Joe Aribo and Scott Wright have also been deployed from the wide in recent games, thus sending Diallo further down the pecking order. Neither United nor the Gers are benefitting from the deal and it remains to be seen whether the scenario changes in the attacker’s favour with 7 gameweeks remaining.

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