Excitement builds around Rangers talent who follows in £23m footsteps
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Excitement builds around Rangers talent who follows in £23m footsteps

When Rangers signed Zak Lovelace from Millwall this summer, something about the frustrations at the Den gave an inclination into the talent the Ibrox side were signing.

Taking a path increasingly well-travelled to Ibrox, Lovelace follows the likes of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey in swapping the English game for a shot at glory in Glasgow.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier competing with Millwall’s Zak Lovelace during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Middlesbrough at The Den on March 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

And just like the two first-teamers who came before him, Zak Lovelace could well be the next Rangers talent to leave for megabucks after signing for a lowly development fee.

Aribo, signed for £300k, could bank Rangers £10m this summer in moving to Southampton. Bassey, signed for £230k, could bank the Ibrox side £23m after moving to Ajax.

No wonder Gary Rowett was so raging.

Zak Lovelace leaves early impression on Rangers fans

Now, Zak Lovelace has plenty Rangers fans musing over him potentially breaking through into the first team this season after an explosive start to life for the club’s B Team.

After netting a double in a BCD friendly against Queen’s Park, the kid also opened his account for the youth team 30 seconds into the Lowland League opener against East Kilbride.

Although Zak Lovelace was eventually subbed off in the 4-2 win – just a precaution due to a knock on his knee – it’s further evidence of the youngster’s striking prowess.

The 16-year-old forward has also caught the eye of B Team manager David McCallum, whose been waxing lyrical about what Lovelace has to offer.

“When everybody first seen him in the Glentoran game, in that 30 minute window, I think everyone could see the kid has got talent,” said McCallum [Rangers Review].

“He handles the ball well, he’s got an eye in and around the penalty box and finishing situations.

“The way we play might be a wee bit different from Millwall; I think he probably used to expose the spaces behind opposition lines quite quickly whereas we might be a little more patient in the build-up.

“But he’s learning well and he’s open to learning and from our point of view that makes it so much easier to help develop him as an individual and we’re looking forward to seeing that progression.”

All of this points to Rangers having a real top talent on their hands and it’ll be interesting to see if Zak Lovelace can break through into the top team as a teenager this season.

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But even with injuries to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe, and a reliance on Antonio Colak in attack as things stand, we still reckon the kid is a little while off the first team just yet.

Still, it hasn’t stopped plenty of fans getting excited about the teenager forward.

Speaking of the club’s injury situation at the top end of the park, Rangers’ Champions League hopes may well rest on the man who broke hearts last season.

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