Why Manchester United Duo McTominay and Ethan Hamilton Is The Perfect Short Term Option For Rangers
Scottish giants Rangers have been linked this week with loan deals for Manchester United’s young duo Ethan Hamilton and Scott McTominay.
The reports have emerged despite Man United boss Jose Mourinho declaring recently that McTominay would not be leaving Old Trafford in the near future.
The pair, both representing Scotland, have been watched lately by Rangers top scout John Brown, with the club apparently being ready to test the water in Manchester by offering a deal to take both players to Ibrox for a short-term loan spell with the former Scottish champions.
Ethan Hamilton’s route to pro football was achieved via the Hutchison Valley youth club in Edinburgh, the same system used by former Man United midfielder Darren Fletcher. He has been long regarded as a huge future prospect for the club, though some are worried about Jose Mourinho’s lack of invention when it comes to fielding young players from the youth teams of the clubs he manages.
Scotland though are very optimistic of him being a top star for the national side in the years to come and I’m sure the powers that be around Hampden Park would prefer Hamilton to play regular competitive football.
The left-sided player would be very handy for Rangers right now, adding quality, if not experience, to the ranks. Given Lee Wallace’s injury, the fact that he can also play at left-back means his versatility would be appreciated too.
In the case of McTominay, he has been among the very top prospects for Man United in recent seasons and many a club has been after his short-term services. He has now broken into the first-team squad at Old Trafford, making 4 appearances this season but is yet to be considered as one of Mourinho’s go-to players.
The 20-year-old made a big leap by making his Champions League debut last month against Benfica and, though being highly rated by Mourinho, he may worry about the manager’s penchant for playing only those with proven experience.
Mourinho stated recently that McTominay is in line to follow the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford into the first-team at Man United and that he is no longer considered for a loan move away. The player also signed a new deal at Old Trafford last month which keeps him at the club until 2021, though should all of their forwards retain their fitness and form, it would make good sense for McTominay to go out for a few months and play regular football.
For Rangers’ part, they could do with all the quality they can get hold of and so signing one, let alone both, of these top future stars, could prove pivotal in the second half of the campaign.