“Big talent” in line for first Rangers appearance as Ibrox figure calls for SFA rule change
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Rangers boss hints “big talent” to play v Stirling, calls for SFA rule change

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hinted that “big talent” Alex Lowry could be in line for his first Gers appearance against Stirling Albion.

We pointed to 18-year-old midfielder Alex Lowry potentially being involved earlier in the week and now the Dutch coach has namedropped the Rangers B team star as he looks towards the Scottish Cup tie.

Asked about the potential inclusion of several youngsters – including ex-Man Utd kid Charlie McCann and highly-rated defender Leon King – van Bronckhorst confirmed plans to involve youth talents.

“Hopefully (there will be a chance to see young players),” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

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“Alex Lowry (along with McCann and King) is also in the squad, who is a big talent who is now coming through the Academy.

“So I am always happy to use the youth Academy if possible and I think tomorrow is perfect.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst criticises sub rule as Rangers kid Alex Lowry tipped to play

Gio would then go on to criticise current SFA rules that mean clubs can only make three subs from a squad of 20 players, meaning this will limit the exposure the Dutchman can give young players.

The Scottish Premiership recently introduced new rules which allow teams to make five substitutions in matches, something first trialled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As football evolves and clubs play more matches than ever, increasing the amount of substitutions just makes sense from a playing point of view but also to help develop youngsters like Alex Lowry.

Rangers boss van Bronckhorst was quick to point this out as he prepares his side for the visit of Stirling Albion.

“We only have three subs, I have a squad of 20,” said van Bronckhorst.

“Maybe it’s good for the SFA to also change the subs for the cups. In the league we changed the set-up so I can sub five times in the league but I can’t sub five times in the cup.

“I think in the cups especially when I have more subs I can use more players and maybe give more youth players a chance.

“So maybe it’s good to look into making more subs available for the cup games as well.”

As Rangers look to strengthen in the transfer market, the news that a high-profile target could be available for £4m will pique the interest of supporters.

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