Major Rangers talent Alex Lowry has been given an expert vote of confidence by new manager Michael Beale – as the Ibrox coach sets the kid the challenge of convincing his teammates of a starting berth.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea youth coach is renowned for his ability at working with and progressing young players with Alex Lowry, 19, the stand-out attacking young talent in the Ibrox ranks.

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Last season’s breakthrough player, this campaign has been disrupted by injury and a lack of minutes for Alex Lowry as Rangers’ season threatens to never really get off the ground.

With the European campaign over and the Premiership campaign one more set of dropped points away from being all but dead and buried, its led to calls from fans to get Alex Lowry more involved.

But speaking ahead of the clash with Ross County in Dingwall, Rangers manager Beale insists that the player is close to breakthrough properly and hinted that he should know.

Michael Beale explains Alex Lowry Rangers status

“He’s close,” said Beale, when asked about Alex Lowry in the pre-Staggies presser [Rangers].

”I think there’s areas of his game that I think are outstanding for a young player and there’s areas of his game I’d like to see him improve.

“I think I have to pick and choose the right moments and when he goes in I am expecting him to go in and stay in and be at this club for the long term and be one of the leaders moving forward.

“If you’re looking at one area that I have loads of experience, because everyone talks about experience, that is the area that I am skilled in.

“I think Alex is not too far away, what he must do, the teammate’s will pick him, so when he comes to see me, and he will from time to time, and say ‘gaffer when am I going to get a chance’, well, would your teammate’s pick you?

“It’s a big thing for a young player. When they train every day they have to earn the right off their teammates as well and at the moment he is really heading in the right direction.

“He hasn’t played much this season under the previous management team but for me he is the future of Rangers.

“So, in time, when the group settles, you’ll see more of Alex Lowry, but only if he deserves it, and the place that he’s got the deserve it is everyday in training.”

It’s clear Rangers manager Michael Beale rates Alex Lowry and lets hope his experience in the youth set-ups of Liverpool and Chelsea best prepare the teenager for the first team.

Meanwhile, the Rangers B team have been dealt a major Lowland League blow.

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