Many fans took note that Robbie Ure was a name missing from the leaving Academy and B team list. His contract expires this summer after apparently having turned down Rangers extension offer. The offer, supposedly, included lower wages than he was currently on. It seems understandable, if true, that he turned down that deal. There is a reason that Rangers wouldn’t release him though. If the club have offered terms which can’t be agreed, the team that he decides to go to will have to pay Rangers a development fee and a sell on clause would also be involved. A smart business decision from the club but what does it mean for Robbie Ure and his Rangers future?
This season he spent most of it with the B team. He was their main striker throughout an, in the end, disappointing campaign. Despite being unable to gain promotion the B team would still like to win the Lowland League. His numbers in the Lowland League this season were;
- 33 Appearances
- 17 Goals
- 151mins Per Goal
- 8 Assists
These are good numbers, to show he’s ready for the first team you’d expect better. It’s a huge jump from the Lowland League to the SPFL and these numbers don’t set the world alight.
More impressively, in the UEFA Youth League, he managed three goals and two assists in six matches. The standard of Rangers group was really high, it included Ajax, Liverpool and Napoli. These academies are held in the highest regard so his performances there definitely turned some heads.
He also got his first start for the senior team at Ibrox in the League Cup against Queen of The South. He managed to pick up his first goal within ten minutes. It was a great finish and exactly what was expected of him. The Scottish Daily Express had this to say on his performance that night;
Robbie Ure 8 – A great debut goal inside ten minutes with a cool finish and some nice attempted link-up from the kid. Really nice turn and movement for a few chances and showed strength.Matthew Fulton for the Scottish Daily Express
After that night though, he’s barely seen any first team action and spent the rest of the team with the B team.
What’s Next For Robbie Ure
Rangers have been very quiet on the 19-year-olds future. No public announcement have been made regarding him and little to no mentions from Michael Beale. It’s clear he’s held in high regard and the manager brought him off of the bench against Hibs, albeit only for a few minutes. His scoring record is good for the B team, although not quite at the standard to show he’s fully ready to step up.
It could be argued he wasn’t given a chance though. Especially at the end of this season it may have beneficial to give him a start or two. Maybe he wasn’t given this chance because the club thought he would leave any? It’s hard to tell because of the lack of direct communication from Rangers on this one.
He’s a young player that clearly has potential to have a solid career in the game. Is he good enough for Rangers though? It’s genuinely tough to tell because of his lack of chances at first team level. He started one first team game, albeit against lower league opposition, and scored. Surely that was deserving of another proper chance at some point?
Potentially his contract situation stopped the club wanting to develop him further at first team level, but that remains unclear. Do you think Robbie Ure is good enough for Rangers? Would you offer him a new deal with better terms or just accept the development fee, sell on clause and move on?