United loanee Amad endures tough night in 3-0 derby defeat

Amad made the second start of his Rangers career in the huge derby clash with Celtic at Parkhead last night.

His Gers career got off to a strong start on Saturday when he opened the scoring within five minutes at Ross County, but the game ended 3-3 after the hosts scored a stoppage time equaliser.

That late goal must have been tough to take but Rangers were handed an far more bitter pill on Wednesday, losing 3-0 at the home of their biggest rivals.

Celtic overwhelmed Rangers from the off, with Reo Hatate scoring twice before Liel Abada completed the scoring before half-time.

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Gers boss Giovani van Bronckhorst sought to make major changes at half-time and he made a triple substitution.

Amad was one of the players taken off but the game was already beyond Rangers by that point anyway.

It was just a tough night for Rangers overall, as they got pinned back in that first half onslaught.

As per WhoScored, Amad had just 22 touches in the first half, and Rangers could not get him involved enough in the game to get a shot or a key pass away.

The whole club will be reeling from such a high-profile defeat and it is all about how Rangers respond now, having slipped to second in the title race.

There is no need to panic from Amad’s point of view. He is still feeling his way to full match sharpness and getting used to a new league and new surroundings.

Last night’s game was the toughest domestic assignment of the season and he should see more of the ball in matches elsewhere where Rangers dominate.

But it is also a good lesson for him and something which you can only learn from playing men’s football, where the results really matter.

That is how to recover from a major setback and get back on track to achieve your goals. If Amad is to make it long-term at United, there will be tough, high-profile nights on the way and it’s all about how he deals with them.

He has the quality to bounce back in style and Aaron Ramsey is still to come into the Gers side after his stunning deadline day arrival. That relationship could flourish as Rangers try to bounce back from a tough night.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.