View: Super sub Amad Diallo is the livewire Rangers have been craving
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is preparing his Rangers side for the Europe League final on Wednesday 18 May and he might have a secret weapon.
Amad Diallo has had a turbulent few months in Glasgow after his late January loan move from Manchester United and he has been limited to just the odd substitute appearance and very rare start in cup matches for the most part.
The 19-year-old did score on his debut away at Ross County but a torrid first half away at Celtic saw him hauled off by the manager and he has struggled to work his way back in ever since.
He is starting to show exactly why van Bronckhorst decided to bring him to Ibrox and when you really look at his play, you can see the talent trying to ooze its way out.
His goal against the Staggies was the perfect example of what you want from your right-winger after Calvin Bassey had battled his way into a crossing position on the left.
The Ivorian suddenly burst into a sprint and ghosted behind the defenders donned in yellow to have the simplest of tap-ins at the back post to score the third goal of his loan spell.
He’s often able to get into these kinds of positions because he has a remarkable sudden burst of acceleration as he proved with his goal against Dundee United at the weekend.
The Rangers number nine started just inside the opposition half as the ball made its way to the Light Blues’ attacker in the centre of the pitch.
By the time he received the ball in the area, he had not only left the midfield in his dust but also flown by the defenders too with some comfort.
Despite running at break-neck speed, Diallo still had the composure to pick his spot on his weaker right foot and ease concerns around Ibrox with the score only 1-0 at the time.
The Europa League final is likely to be a tight game in Seville and van Bronckhorst will be thanking his lucky stars that he can call upon the teenager at any point to offer that X-Factor that could win them the trophy.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are set to battle Liverpool for one of Aberdeen’s brightest youth prospects.