Rangers have agreed a loan move for 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem, who will join the Ibrox side until January.
In doing so, they may be regarded as having pulled off something of a coup, after thwarting several sides from England’s Championship to get their man.
According to the Daily Record, the ‘Gers faced competition from Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham in their bid to sign Zelalem.
The Arsenal man, who has recently pledged his international future to the United States, has long been a talking horse among Gooners with an eye on the club’s youth setup.
Now the time has come to prove that he has what it takes at senior level and there will be those among the north London faithful disappointed to see him shunning a move to the English Championship.
Rightly or wrongly, there is a perception that the quality of the Sassenach second tier is more commensurate with that of the Scottish Premiership than the strata at which Rangers commonly operate.
Yet a move to Ibrox would arguably prove more beneficial for the creative midfielder for a variety of reasons.
The first of which, ironically, is the likely lower standard of opposition, which should insulate Zelalem’s confidence from the sudden step-up in intensity from youth level.
A second is manager Mark Warburton, under whom his Arsenal colleague Jon Toral thrived in the Brentford side that reached the play-off semi-finals last term.
But perhaps the most pertinent reason that playing for Rangers will be more instructive for the teenager’s future Arsenal career was touched upon by Arsene Wenger.
‘Wenger believes that he [Zelalem] will benefit from playing in front of big crowds at Ibrox’, according to the Guardian.
Zelalem will need to grow accustomed to the pressure of performing for a team who are expected to win each and every time they take the field by fans and foes alike.
He is 17/20 to make over 7.5 appearances for the Old Firm club during his Scottish stint.