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EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham talent Oduwa a victim of circumstance at Rangers

Nathan Oduwa had his loan stint with Rangers cut short only because of the Glasgow club's sparkling successes this season.

That is the sentiment of Glasgow-based player agent Grant Smith who is right in the know when it comes to all matters relating to Scottish football.

The 20-year-old winger initially signed a one-year loan deal with 'Gers but after a little over six months, returned to England, and was subsequently sent to League One club Colchester United.

Oduwa impressed early in his stint at Ibrox, making 11 starts for 19 appearances in all competitions before the turn of the year, but the presence of Barrie McKay and the increasingly positive results being manufactured by Mark Warburton's side ultimately spelt the end for the Spurs youth academy product according to Smith.

"To be fair, I think Rangers were just in such good form," he told Tribalfootball.com.

"The kid wasn't going to get as many games as Tottenham thought he might get.

"I'm a bit biased because one of my players (McKay) plays in that position and has been a regular all season playing alongside either (Martyn) Waghorn or Kenny Miller, so it was hard for the kid to break through.

"It was his first outing into men's football (apart from a stint with Luton Town) and you could see sometimes he was doing maybe a bit too many tricks at perhaps not the right times.

"It was good at the start but I just think Rangers and Spurs came to some kind of conclusion that he wasn't going to play as much as either would have liked so he might as well go back and play for Colchester."

Since arriving in Essex late last month, Oduwa has made just two substitute appearances for the U's who currently sit bottom of the tier three table, but Smith has no doubt he has a bright future.

"He's a talented kid and I think he's got a real chance in the game," Smith added.

Smith is a former Scottish midfielder who played in England with
Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Bristol City and in Scotland with Livingston, Dundee United and Ross County.

The 35-year-old has a number of talented Scottish-based players on his books including Rangers young gun Barrie McKay, Celtic attacking midfielder Aidan Nesbitt who is on loan at Partick Thistle, Dundee United forward Robbie Muirhead and Celtic defender Darnell Fisher who is currently with St Johnstone.

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