Why Amad, on loan from Manchester United, was removed after 30 minutes for Rangers

Amad, on loan from Manchester United, was replaced after half an hour by Rangers in their 3-1 win at Motherwell on Saturday.

The 19-year-old was starting his first league game since February and his third in the Scottish Premiership since his switch in January. The youngster hasn’t had a great time at Ibrox, struggling to find form and playing just eight games.

This led to reports that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted to end his loan early. Amad is yet to score since his debut on January 29.

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His departure against Motherwell at the weekend would have been a confidence boost for the United striker. But he was hung 30 minutes after centre-back Leon Balogun was shown a red card.

Van Bronckhorst decided to sacrifice Amad to bring in defender Calvin Bassey to strengthen the baseline. Despite being a light man, Rangers won 3-1 and kept their title hopes alive.

Amad can take heart from the fact that he has played back-to-back league matches for the first time since February. Ahead of the match, Van Bronckhorst explained to Sky Sports why he decided to give the teenager the green light for the trip to Motherwell.

He said: “He’s got talent. He arrived during the winter break – he had good times and bad times. He kept training hard and now we’re giving him the chance to play. training he looked good so hopefully he can extend that into the games.”

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