By Dan Carter

19th Nov, 2023 | 3:10pm

Robbie Ure makes new Rangers admission as former Gers gem lifts lid on Ibrox exit

Robbie Ure has lifted the lid on his Rangers exit, admitting that it didn’t take him too long to make the decision to leave Ibrox this summer.

Having progressed through the ranks at Ibrox as a boyhood Gers supporter, Ure was never able to really establish himself in the first team, with a goal on his debut against Queen of the South in the Viaplay Cup the pinnacle of his career in Glasgow.

The 19-year-old had already decided to leave Rangers when Michael Beale arrived at Ibrox last season and has joined the ranks at Anderlecht, where he has scored four goals in six matches in Belgium’s second tier as he relishes a new challenge.

As quoted by the Daily Record (19 November) he said: “It didn’t take me too long to make the decision. It was my decision to leave. I was at Rangers for a long time and they were my boyhood club but I felt I wanted to go and challenge myself in a new country.

“It was up to me and my family and we thought it was the right move. Romelu Lukaku started at Anderlecht and he is someone I look up to. I feel like we are both target men.

“I took a lot from my time at Rangers. I trained with the first team a lot and I made my debut and scored. The jump was huge from Rangers B to the first team and it opened my eyes to the level I had to get to.”

Good move

It seemed quite clear that Ure wasn’t going to make the cut at Ibrox, with his debut goal the best of an otherwise unremarkable Rangers career that only saw him make two senior appearances for the Light Blues under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Philippe Clement’s side have been slightly short on goals as Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers continue to struggle to find their feet at Ibrox, with a reliance on Danilo to convert the chances made by the likes of Todd Cantwell and Abdallah Sima.

Ure is impressing in Belgium’s second tier, but the standard of that division is by no means comparable to the Scottish Premiership, with the 19-year-old admitting that they are fundamentally a youth team playing in a men’s senior division.

Ultimately, Clement needs a squad not only of quality players in Glasgow but also people who want to play for Rangers. Despite being a boyhood fan that was no longer the case for Ure and it was best for all parties that he continued his career elsewhere and most Gers supporters will wish him the best.

In other Rangers news, Derek Ferguson and Peter Grant clashed live on air over Todd Cantwell’s position at Ibrox