By Doug Ward

11th Jul, 2021 | 9:39am

Rangers Super Fans react as Dire Mebude signs pro contract at Manchester City

This is part of a regular series from our panel of Rangers Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Ibrox. You can join in the discussion on our Rangers Insider Facebook page.

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Rangers fans are slightly gutted after it was confirmed ex-Ibrox academy player Dire Mebude has signed a professional contract at Manchester City.

Mebude, 17, is now a pro player at the Premier League champions after leaving the Gers last year.

According to GlasgowLive, the Light Blues will benefit financially from Mebude’s development at Man City due to a number of clauses agreed in the deal.

It remains to be seen how Mebude will fare at the Etihad but the fact that he’s already won a professional contract there suggests the English giants rate the striker highly.

He spent eight years at Rangers before quitting Auchenhowie last year in favour of moving down south and our panel of Rangers Super Fans are slightly concerned by their best youngsters being poached by those south of the border.

One claims “money has talked” to take Mebude down south while another has called the decision to let youngsters go “mistakes”.

Here is what they had to say:

We’ll have to wait and see how things go with Mebude at Man City but we wish him all the best.

While some fans predict moves to Yeovil and Livingston down the line, if Mebude is good enough then it won’t matter if he plays for Man City or not.

At the end of the day, their academy has helped develop players like Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Kelechi Iheanacho, Angelino, Jason Denayer, Kieran Trippier, Eric Garcia, Brahim Diaz and Kasper Schmeichel.

Most of those never made it at Man City but are now playing for top teams across European football.

Let’s not be bitter about Mebude’s decision to head south. Let’s be hopeful he can reach his potential and be yet another success story of the Ibrox academy.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have confirmed a done deal for this player after a fee was agreed with a top-flight rival.