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WATCH: Gedion Zelalem picks up pair of assists in Rangers debut


Gedion Zelalem’s Rangers debut was a success, but not an unqualified one for the on-loan Arsenal teenager.

Playing on loan from Arsenal for the second-tier Scottish side, Zelalem picked up a pair of assists on debut in Rangers’ 5-0 League Cup win over Airdrieonians, a Scottish League One side.

Forget the weaker opposition for a second, and enjoy that the 18-year-old Zelalem was dynamite. From the beautiful pass on his first assist, the kid was on.

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And while the James Tavernier driblle that led to his second assist shows just how far down the pecking order we’ll find Airdrieonians, it’s encouraging. Despite some in the anti-Klinsmann crowd begging for the teen to disappoint, it seems all Zelalem does is impress at every level.

Assist No. 1:

Gedion Zelalem made his @RangersFC debut tonight and got himself an assist. #Arsenal

— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) August 26, 2015

Assist No. 2:

Loan watch: Gedion Zelalem registers his second assist for @RangersFC on his debut. [@BlueRoomArt]

— afcbase (@afcbase) August 26, 2015

Oh, and a few days ago, this:
Astonishing skill for an 18-year old kid. Can’t wait to see Zelalem disrespect Scottish football time & time again. — Danny (@18991872_) August 24, 2015

The 18-year-old doesn’t turn 19 til January, and this wasn’t even Scottish Championship opposition, but he just might come home to Arsenal from the physical Scottish league looking 25.

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