Loan pair on the scoresheet

Thursday 12 May 2022 11:52

Manchester United loanees Amad and Dylan Levitt both found the net in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night.

Ivory Coast international Amad has hit form at a key time with Rangers facing a season climax to remember.

The 19-year-old is promoting his claims to manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and followed his goal against Dundee United at the weekend with a strike in the 4-1 victory over Ross County.

Amad's trademark celebration is dedicated to a former team-mate at Atalanta.

The winger came on as a half-time substitute at Ibrox and notched the final goal of the game in the 90th minute, after going close on a couple of occasions. One piece of sublime skill tricked Alex Lacovitti, but he was unable to find the finishing touch. However, with time running out, he converted a cross by Calvin Bassey at the far post to wrap up a convincing success.

His trademark celebration is a tribute to his former Atalanta team-mate Willy Braciano Ta Bi.

The Gers end their league campaign on Saturday before two big finals. German side Eintracht Frankfurt provide the opposition in Seville in the battle for the Europa League, with the Scottish Cup final against Hearts, who they also play in that Premiership finale this weekend, to follow on Saturday 21 May.

Amad will hope his fine form is propelling him into the manager's plans for those clashes.

“I’m happy with Amad,” van Bronckhorst told the Glasgow Evening Times. “He’s been getting more minutes in the last few weeks.

“He’s been training well, he had a moment where he found it a bit difficult with the new team he was in, the adaptation to a new city, but I’m really happy with him.

“He’s a very, very good winger, as we’ve seen the last few weeks, but we also have a lot of players in that position available who have also done well.

“I’m happy with his performance.

“His loan is to the end of the season, then he goes back to Manchester. If he’s here next season, I don’t know.”

Dylan Levitt celebrates his special strike against Celtic.

Meanwhile, Levitt fired his sixth goal of the season for Dundee United in their 1-1 draw with champions Celtic.

The midfielder produced a long-range special past ex-Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to equalise at Tannadice and it was a memorable moment for the Tangerines as they have clinched European football for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

The club will compete in the Conference League next term, while the final-day battle for fourth place with Motherwell will decide when they enter the competition's qualifying rounds. United are at Ross County, with Motherwell currently a point ahead but facing a tough trip to Parkhead.

Levitt promises to have a huge summer as well due to Wales' upcoming schedule.

Rob Page's side face Poland, the Netherlands (twice) and Belgium in the UEFA Nations League but also have a huge World Cup play-off final against either Scotland or Ukraine on 5 June.