By Doug Ward

23rd Jun, 2021 | 12:42pm

Dapo Mebude confirms he decided to quit Rangers

Dapo Mebude has confirmed it was his decision to quit Rangers this summer with his contract at Ibrox expiring.

Earlier this month, the Gers confirmed that Mebude, 19, would be leaving the club, as well as a number of other youngsters.

Now it seems that the young striker, who was among the Gers players who was banned for breaking COVID protocols earlier this year when he was on loan at Queen of the South, decided to call it a day at Ibrox himself.

“It has been a tough decision but after nine years being at Rangers, I have decided to move on and take the next step in my career,” said Mebude via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Making my debut at Rangers was a moment I’ll never forget and I will forever be grateful to the gaffer and first-team staff for that. The fans throughout my time at the club have shown me a lot of support from a young age and I appreciate that.

“Seeing the club get back where they belong this season was special for everyone involved at the club and I hope the club continues with every success in the future.”

“I came as a kid and left as a man. Thank you.”

New venture for Mebude

It remains to be seen where Mebude’s career will take him next.

Some of the young players released by the Gers have found new clubs with Jamie Barjonas, for example, joining up with ex-Ibrox coach Kevin Thomson at League Two newcomers Kelty Hearts.

Mebude should have his sights set higher than League Two though with the teenage striker getting plenty of game-time in the Championship with Queen of the South in the second half of last season.

He made 12 appearances in total for the Doonhamers and even scored a couple of goals in the second-tier, which came against Arbroath and Alloa.

We’d be surprised if he joins a team in League Two, with a League One side or another Championship side more than likely willing to take on the Scotland Under-19 international.

The Daily Record once described the striker sensation as a “top prospect” and is “known for his lightening quick pace as well as his obvious finishing ability”.

We’re yet to see anyone linked with Mebude but the youngster is grateful for the time he had at Ibrox.

It’s just a shame that his final few months were tarnished by that ban for breaking COVID protocols.

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