United youngster Amad faces fight to get in Rangers side, says Hateley

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley believes Manchester United winger Amad Diallo faces an uphill task getting into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team.

The 19-year-old got his time in Ibrox off to the best possible start by scoring five minutes into his debut against Ross County.

But just days later the Ivorian was hooked at half-time when the Scottish champions were trailing their arch rivals Celtic 3-0 at Celtic Park.

Ever since that crushing defeat, the United youngster has played just 22 minutes of Scottish Premiership football across the last six league matches.

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The Ivory Coast international has missed the last two games with an unspecified injury and van Bronckhorst didn’t provide an update on his availability in today’s press conference, ahead of tomorrow night’s Europa League clash against FK Crvena Zvezda.

The former Atalanta youngster didn’t play a part in the upset against Borussia Dortmund and given his lack of match fitness it would be a surprise to see him earn a recall for the last-16 first leg.

Hateley doesn’t believe that time is on Amad’s side when it comes to making an impression north of the border.

Although Amad was sent out on loan to gain regular first team football in a competitive league, Hateley believes the winger is stuck at a cross-roads in Rangers’ season with the title on the line.

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Speaking to the Scotsman, Hateley said: “Diallo is just a young boy. He was bought for a big fee but he was not playing at Man United.

“He is a 19-year-old boy thrust into a football club where the demands are unbelievably high.

“It is a completely different football environment and to adapt then you need to play. At this moment in time you cannot allow anyone who is not at the races to play themselves into form.”

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Amad’s last start came in last month’s Scottish Cup clash against Annan Athletic, who sit in the fourth tier of Scottish football.

With a cup quarter-final to come against Dundee FC, who sit bottom of the top-flight, on Sunday, van Bronckhorst may give Amad the opportunity to stake his claim with an outing in the cup tie.

But with the season entering its crunch period and Rangers competing on three fronts, it looks Amad Diallo has a fight on his hands forcing his way into the Dutchman’s plans.

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