Gers pleased with Barazite
Ian Durrant says that Arsenal trialist Nacer Barazite impressed in Tuesday's win over Glentoran.
Last Updated: 11/08/10 11:15am
Rangers coach Ian Durrant says that Arsenal trialist Nacer Barazite impressed in Tuesday's 2-1 friendly defeat to Glentoran.
Barazite has linked up with Gers on trial with a view to joining the SPL champions on a season-long loan from the Gunners as manager Walter Smith looks to add to the left side of his midfield.
The 20-year-old was recommended to the club by Liam Brady and he played for 77 minutes in the loss in Belfast, showing flashes of his undoubted ability.
Durrant believes the youngster had quality and that Smith and co will continue to assess his fitness and form in the coming weeks.
"Considering he has only had a week of pre-season training, I thought Nacer did well," Durrant told the club's official website. "You can see he has got a level of ability.
"Having come from Arsenal, we knew that anyway and he showed up in parts of the match as a very good football player.
"We realised he would be a certain calibre of player and I'd like to see how he gets on over the next week or so.
"Once he gets a level of fitness over the next 10 days or so, I think we will be in a better position to judge.
"Hopefully we can work on Nacer over the next few weeks and get him to the point where we can perhaps do something."
The Dutch youngster has met with ex-Rangers midfielder Arthur Numan previously and he has only heard good thing about the Ibrox giants.
Barazite, who had a loan spell with Derby County in the 2008/09 campaign, sees a move to Rangers as positive as they are playing UEFA Champions League football this season.
"I have met Arthur Numan a couple of times and I have spoken to him about Rangers and his experiences," explained Barazite.
"As everyone knows, he is a big man at the club and he was a very good player so I know all about the team thanks to him.
"Liam Brady is someone who has been very good to me. He has taken me to Arsenal and I am very pleased he is trying to get me a big chance at Rangers.
"It was a very good start for me (on Tuesday) and I am pleased with my own performance as I know I can do much better with more training.
"Moving to Rangers would be good for me. It would be a step forward, not back, because they are a very big club and they play in the Champions League."