Amad's poor Rangers luck continues as he is subbed after 30 minutes in first start for two months
It would be fair to say Amad’s loan to Rangers has been a disappointment. From being handed the number nine shirt and scoring four minutes into his debut, hopes were high.
Since that bright start, Amad’s stint in Glasgow has spiralled downwards at disappointingly frenetic rate. He has not played a single minute of their Europa League run to the semi-finals, from six available knockout ties.
This weekend the Manchester United loanee got what he had been waiting for, his first start in two months.
Amad was named in Rangers’ starting line-up away at Motherwell, as they sought to put pressure on Celtic in the title race. It was Amad’s first Scottish Premiership start since February 2, and his first since the cup game against Annan Athletic on February 20.
Amad subbed after 30 minutes
After two months without a start and just a handful of odd substitute appearances, Amad would have been desperate to make the most of this chance.
Instead, his time on the pitch lasted just 30 minutes before he was substituted, with his poor luck in Scotland continuing.
Rangers defender Connor Goldson was sent off for a mistimed tackle in the 29th minute. Amad was the fall guy as Rangers made a tactical change to bring on an extra defender.
It should not have been a surprise Amad was the one to make way, considering he was so fortunate to start in the first place.
The call was reminiscent of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer subbing Donny van de Beek off after 45 minutes against Young Boys earlier in the season, after being given a very rare start.
Rangers went on to win the game 3-1, having been 1-0 down and down to 10 men after half an hour.
During his short spell on the pitch, Amad completed 11 of 13 passes, had one shot on target, took one corner and touched the ball 18 times. He was doing well enough, until circumstances went against him.
Outlook for Amad
Not for his own fault, this was a missed chance for Amad considering the games Rangers have ahead over the next two weeks.
Rangers’ next three fixtures are the two Europa League semi-finals against RB Leipzig, with a league match with bitter rivals Celtic in between.
A big game on Saturday could have propelled Amad towards contention for an opportunity in these games. He isn’t totally out it, considering he started this one, but the best he will have to settle for is a spot on the bench.
Amad’s best chance of another start now comes on Sunday May 8, when Rangers host Dylan Levitt’s Dundee United in the league.