Rangers have a star in the making on their hands in Alex Lowry.
Steven Gerrard gave an indication of how highly-rated the 18-year-old is at Ibrox when he named him in the squad for the Gers’ opening pre-season fixture at Partick Thistle.
He didn’t make it onto the pitch that day and the early stages of his 2021/22 campaign would then be disrupted by an injury that sidelined him for around four weeks.
However, he returned to action late last month as a substitute in a Lowland League fixture against Gala Fairydean Rovers and it hasn’t taken him long to get back into his stride.
His 15-minute outing against Rovers was followed by half an hour in the UEFA Youth League against Swedish youth champions Hammarby and his quality was obvious from the moment as he jogged onto the pitch in Dumbarton.
The teenager, who Gers staff say wowed PSG coaches during his Alkass Cup debut a few years back, oozed confidence and pulled the strings for the final half an hour in much the same way as Charlie Lindsay did in the first half.
He demonstrated an impressive range of passing and glided past opponents with ease, almost scoring a brilliant solo goal with around 15 minutes left on the clock.
A goal would come for the starlet just a few days later and a spectacular one it was too.
Lowry found the net with a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards in an emphatic Lowland League win over Berwick Rangers on Saturday, the day on which he made his return to the B team starting XI.
After the Hammarby win, David McCallum called Lowry a real ‘talent’ who is being challenged by the Auchenhowie coaches to deliver more consistently and to show as much enthusiasm out of possession as he does when the ball is at his feet.
He certainly has the ability to become a first-team star and if he can develop those aspects of his game and stay fit over the remainder of the season, it may not be long before he makes the step up from the C&G Systems Stadium to Ibrox.
The second leg of Rangers’ UEFA Youth League fixture against Hammarby is coming up later this month and in case you missed it, here are three things we learned from the first leg.