Athletic Bilbao’s Ewan Urain praises Rangers ‘special’ pair
You won’t find many young Scottish players developing in La Liga clubs, but Athletic Bilbao’s Ewan Urain has had a lot to say about two great Rangers talents.
The Spanish-born striker is eligible to play for the Basque team only through his birthright with Urain also eligible to play for Scotland due to a family connection.
– Athletics club (@Athletic_en) September 6, 2021
Speaking ahead of Scotland’s upcoming UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Turkey, Urain praised Ibrox children Stephen Kelly and Glenn Middleton.
These two players, says Urain, are his stars in the squad and he has already learned a lot from them both.
“I think there are some very special players and playing alongside them is something very special,” Urain said. [BBC Scotland].
“I particularly like Glenn [Middleton]. He’s the one who would most like to learn Spanish, I don’t know why.
“There is also Stephen Kelly, I call him ‘El Mago’ who is the magician.
“They are both very special players and I am learning so much to train with them.”
While Urain, 21, has yet to make his debut competing for Athletic’s top team, the player has been heavily involved in the B-squad and according to scottish, formed in the best team last season.
The report also claims that Urain has been involved in friendly matches for Bilbao’s top team with the Spanish team currently in negotiations on a new “long-term” deal.
Considering the number of quality players who have gone through the training of the youngsters of Athletic Bilbao – and the talent with which Urain will currently play – it is a strong endorsement of the young duo Ibrox.
Both players are undoubtedly highly regarded in Glasgow, both certainly on the precipice of the first team.
Glenn Middleton broke through in Steven Gerrard’s first season but a lack of playing time means the player is back on loan at St Johnstone this season.
For Stephen Kelly, this will be his first main season in and around the first team after two seasons on loan at Ayr United and Ross County respectively.
Big things are expected from the young midfielder, with Rangers apparently turning down the option to move so that top Premiership talent can focus on the 21-year-old’s development.
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