SI Staff
Wednesday August 26th, 2015

U.S. midfielder and highly touted prospect Gedion Zelalem made his debut for Scotland's Rangers Wednesday, playing his first minutes since joining the club on loan from Arsenal earlier this week and earning a pair of assists in a 5-0 Scottish League Cup victory over Airdrieonians.

The 18-year-old Zelalem, who will be with Rangers through the end of the year (pending a loan extension) had appeared only for Arsenal's U-21s this season, scoring a goal in the Gunners' season-opening win against Fulham

Zelalem had a hand in Rangers' second and third goals, directly assisting on Martin Waghorn's 15th-minute finish that capped a quarter-hour onslaught and gave Rangers a 3-0 edge.

He helped Rangers cap the scoring in the 89th, setting up James Tavernier's tally (though it's clear Tevernier did the bulk of the heavy lifting with his great individual effort).

With Arsenal stocked at midfield, the move to Rangers figures to give Zelalem more first-team minutes, and he played all 90 of them in the second-round rout. Airdrieonians plays in Scotland's third division, while Rangers is in the second tier, still working its way up from the bottom after going insolvent in 2012.

Zelalem will have a chance to play his first league minutes on Sunday as Rangers travels to Queen of the South. The two sides are tied for first place after three matches.

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