U.S. Under-23 men's national team midfielder Gedion Zelalem will play the remainder of the season with Rangers in Scotland after extending his loan from Arsenal, both the Scottish and English Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday.
Zelalem, who turns 19 later this month, joined Rangers in the summer and has made 15 appearances in all competitions. He has not scored, but he has been involved in creating goals for the first-place side in Scotland's second division, including a two-assist effort in his debut in the Scottish League Cup.
Zelalem played for the U.S. Under-20 men's national team at this past summer's World Cup and took part in 2016 Olympic qualifying with the Under-23 side, which finished third in CONCACAF qualifying and will have to oust Colombia in a two-game playoff in March to reach the Olympics in Rio. He has yet to debut with the senior national team.
From Rangers' announcement:
Rangers Football Club is today delighted to announce Gedion Zelalem has extended his loan deal with the Ibrox club until the end of the season. The 18 year-old midfielder, who is being loaned from Premier League leaders Arsenal, has so far made 15 appearances in Light Blue and has won wide praise for his performances. Injury ruled him out of the recent defeat to Falkirk and he then missed the Hibernian game last Monday before returning to the side as a substitute in Saturday’s 6-0 mauling of Dumbarton.
Rangers' next match is Sunday in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.