Jack Grimmer can’t wait to watch how the classy midfield cast at Rangers help former team-mate Nnamdi Ofoborh realise his enormous potential.
Ofoborh has agreed pre-contract terms at Ibrox and could move from Bournemouth this month if a deal is struck between the clubs.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Wycombe where he and Grimmer clinched promotion to the English Championship as play-off final winners.
The former Aberdeen defender is a huge fan of Ofoborh and believes he’s an exciting addition to Steven Gerrard’s ranks.
And with the likes of Grimmer’s ex-Pittodrie pal Ryan Jack alongside, he expects Ofoborh to make the most of his raw talent.
At 6ft 3in, the Nigerian boasts a physical presence but Grimmer says he can also play with Glen Kamara-style grace in the middle of the park.
Grimmer explained: “Rangers have some great central midfielders at the club already.
“Going into that group, I can only see Nnamdi developing in the way a lot of us know he can.
“Because he’s got so much potential. That’s why a club of the stature of Rangers were keen.
“I’m sure for Nnamdi it will be a great thing having Jacko there. I can see that working well.
“Jacko came through at Aberdeen at a young age and had pressure on him being captain.
“He went to Rangers at a relatively young age too and I think he will be a good voice for Nnamdi to listen to.
“So will Steven Davis who has been there and done it and had a great career. That’s someone to learn from.
“In terms of a comparison for Rangers fans, Glen Kamara can drift and pass and get around the pitch, he has that calmness.
“Nnamdi is like that. He can glide past people and also find that zipped pass, he’s got a lot of range.
“He could be a shrewd signing. He’s got a great physical presence because he’s a good size and build.
“He’s got an engine and a robustness to get around and make tackles when needed.
“But he brought us calmness on the ball. We had plenty of pitbull, ratter-type midfielders.
“He helped by putting his foot on the ball and making the pass that got the team playing.”
Ofoborh was highly regarded by ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at the outset of last season.
After captaining Bournemouth’s Under-21 squad as a teenager, he played for the first team in pre-season before Wycombe landed him.
Grimmer revealed how Ofoborh overcame a harrowing start to become one of boss Gareth Ainsworth’s unlikely promotion heroes. He gave himself a hard time after being sent off in only his third appearance for the Chairboys.
But by July he had scored in the semi-final rout of Fleetwood then starred at Wembley against Oxford.
Grimmer said: “Nnamdi is a lovely, humble lad who wears his heart on his sleeve and in every performance gives his all. He’s young, eager and flew into a tackle in one early game that, in hindsight, he shouldn’t have.
“He mis-timed it. None of us was annoyed. He went in full-blooded. That’s what we loved and wanted. But, at that age, he took it to heart and felt like he’d let his team down.
“I approached him and said: ‘Listen, you’re going to have many moments to learn from. It’s just about how you come back from it.’
“He managed to do that well. He was in and out the team through our season and wasn’t necessarily a heavy feature in midfield.
“But, interestingly, he came in for the play-offs and played out of his skin. He sent us on our way at
Fleetwood, he banged in a goal in the first two minutes.
“At that young age and in three important games he really stepped up to the plate.
“He’ll have a lot of that to do at Rangers because every game they play has added pressure. But he matured not just as a footballer but as a man with us and thanked us for that when he left.”
Ofoborh has featured five times for Jason Tindall this season but, with no agreement on contract talks, Gers stole in to secure him and defender Jack Simpson. Grimmer is surprised at Bournemouth leaving themselves open to the raid.
The Scot, set to face Spurs in the FA Cup on Monday night, recalled: “Before he arrived on loan, I remember our gaffer fighting most of that summer for him.
“He’d trained with the first team and Bournemouth were a bit reluctant to let him go when they had injuries.
“That’s how highly he was thought of. With Eddie Howe leaving, it seems they’re going in a different direction.
“It’s almost a blessing that he’s out of contract.
“He can go for free and reach the next stage of his career.
“He has been earmarked by many as one for the future. It surprises me Bournemouth have allowed him to go.
“He’s raw and young – there’s no getting away from it.
“But he can really kick on with his development at Rangers.”