Rangers manager Mark Warburton is hopeful that he can extend Gedion Zelalem’s loan deal with the Scottish side in order to keep hold of the talented midfielder until the end of the current season.

At the moment, the 18-year-old is expected to return to north London in the January transfer window, but he’s already made such a positive impression on his temporary club that they’re hopeful they’ll be able to retain his services until next summer.

GREENOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: James Tavernier (C) of Rangers celebrates with Gedion Zelalem (R) and team mates after he scores Rangers third goal during the Scottish Championships match between Greenock Morton FC and Rangers at Cappielow Park on September 27, 2015 in Greenock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GREENOCK, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: James Tavernier (C) of Rangers celebrates with Gedion Zelalem (R) and team mates after he scores Rangers third goal during the Scottish Championships match between Greenock Morton FC and Rangers at Cappielow Park on September 27, 2015 in Greenock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

In seven appearances, he’s created five assists in all competitions, and has impressed plenty of supporters since his switch to Scotland. His technical ability is undeniable, but the main question surrounding many of the Arsenal youth hierarchy was whether he’d be able to transform that into a competitive league, which is much more physical in comparison.

Nathan Oduwa, on-loan from rivals Tottenham, has enjoyed similar success under Warburton’s reign this term, and is set to stay until the end of the campaign.

Likewise, the 53-year-old will be hoping to settle matters over Zelalem’s future swiftly, so he can continue his progress in a comfortable but ambitious setting.

As quoted by the Evening Times, Warburton said “I hope he is very much enjoying it, the relationships between the clubs are good and I hope very much that we can keep him.

“We always talk with Arsenal, about how he is progressing – they watch him every game.”

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