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Warburton tells Oduwa to attempt more tricks

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will encourage loan signing Nathan Oduwa to continue showcasing his skills despite the reaction to his trickery on his debut at Alloa.

The 19-year-old Tottenham player tried to flick the ball over the head of Colin Hamilton in the final stages of Rangers's 5-1 Ladbrokes Championship, leading to accusations from the Alloa defender that he was "showing off" and trying to make a fool of him.

Hamilton suggested other Championship defenders might not take so kindly to such displays but Warburton wants the teenager to try out his skills on the park.

Warburton, who revealed he was close to making a loan signing from a Barclays Premier League club, said: "I just wonder what the media reaction and fans' reaction would be if Lionel Messi came on and did that?

"He's a young guy who came on with a smile on his face, loads of talent, keen to impress and play well and he made a difference when he came on. He has got so much talent, there was no lack of respect. Just applaud him for it.

"I think their manager (Danny Lennon) made some very sensible comments in that he has got talent and he is an entertainer and fans want to be entertained. So I'd thoroughly encourage it.

"A sub came on and had a really positive impact so I'm delighted for him and the poor guy wakes up and sees back-page headlines, which I find quite incredible."

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