Rangers star misses penalty as management forced to explain absence
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Rangers star misses penalty as management forced to explain absence

Rangers talent Alex Lowry misses a penalty for the B Team in a humbling 3-0 defeat to Championship Hamilton in the SPFL Trust Trophy.

The young Bears were going up against senior opposition in the clash at the Dumbarton Stadium but eventually succumbed to a disappointing and character building defeat.

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With the score at 0-0, the returning Alex Lowry saw his penalty hit the post and the match would then slip away from the Rangers B team courtesy of goals from Dario Zanatta either side of half time.

Reegan Mimnaugh then scored a penalty of his own to secure Accies’ progression to the next round of the competition with Rangers B taking the lessons learned forward with them.

Read the official Rangers match report from the game HERE.

Rangers boss grilled on Alex Lowry absence

The inclusion of Alex Lowry, 19, also came at an interesting time for the midfielder given the comments of Giovanni van Bronckhorst heading into the top team’s clash with Hearts.

Heading into the must-win clash with the Jambos, Rangers boss Gio was pressed on Alex Lowry’s lack of involvement amid a spate of injuries in the squad.

Putting it bluntly, Van Bronckhorst claimed that those who would be named in his 20-man squad for the visit of Hearts “deserve” to be there.

“Alex Lowry is not in the squad,” said Van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

“He is fit to play but not in the squad. 

“Well, I can only pick 20, it’s very simple. I hope he will be back soon because it’s a long time ago last season.

“He’s been out for how many months…so for me, it is just a case of seeing the players I have, the players I will need, that’s all I think about.

“All the players who are in the 20 squad at the moment deserves to be in that squad.”

Alex Lowry was Rangers’ breakthrough star of last season but has seen minutes this season limited through injury, with the midfielder’s only appearance for the club’s top team coming as a substitute in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Ajax.

Meanwhile, Rangers links to a young Eastern European talent have reappeared online.