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Rangers boss Warburton gushes over talented Tottenham starlet Oduwa

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has denied claims that Nathan Oduwa is a showoff.

The 19-year-old midfielder made his Scottish football debut for 'Gers in their 5-1 win over Alloa Athletic on Sunday, coming on as a second-half substitute, before trying some clever tricks and flicks at the death.

Alloa defender Colin Hamilton was unhappy when Oduwa attempted a 'rainbow flick' on him, criticising the Spurs starlet for showing off, but manager Danny Lennon felt a player who has Oduwa's skills in his locker should be given the freedom to express.

Now, Rangers boss Warburton has also backed the young gun, suggesting he is a breath of fresh air who should be nurtured to continue developing into a top quality footballer.

"I just wonder what the media reaction would be and the fans' reaction if a foreign player did that," said former Brenford boss Warburton.

"If Lionel Messi came in and did that, what would be the reaction?

"He (Oduwa) is a young guy and he came on, a smile on his face with loads of talent, keen to impress and play well. He made a difference when he came on. He has got so much talent.

"There's no lack of respect. Just applaud him for it and I think their manager made some very sensible comments in that he has got talent, is an entertainer and fans want to be entertained.

"I would encourage him. We spoke to him before the game about areas of the park in which he could work, areas of the park you have to secure and areas of the park you have to track back.

"I'm delighted for him and the poor guy woke up this morning and saw the back page headlines, which I find quite incredible."

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