What Rangers fans can expect if Alex Lowry makes debut vs Stirling Albion
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What Rangers fans can expect if Alex Lowry makes debut vs Stirling Albion

Ahead of tonight’s Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie against Stirling Albion, Gio van Bronckhorst confirmed that he’ll use the game to look at some different options.

The starting XI is likely to contain a few regulars, but fringe men like John Lundstram should receive an opportunity to impress and minutes are on the cards for players returning from injuries, such as Leon Balogun.

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Several young prospects are also in contention to feature, though.

Three have been training with the first-team squad in advance of the game: Leon King (who was recently permanently promoted from the B team), Charlie McCann and Alex Lowry.

GvB singled Lowry out as a ‘big talent’ during Thursday’s press conference, but what can supporters expect if he’s handed a debut at some stage against the Binos?

Rangers prospect Alex Lowry profiled

18-year-old Lowry is a supremely talented attacking midfielder.

When playing in the Lowland League this season, he has oozed confidence and often looked on another level to those around him.

The youngster with the distinctive mop of hair is always looking to create opportunities for his teammates, whether that’s from open play or dead-ball situations.

He likes to drift into pockets of space and look for through balls and diagonals, while he isn’t averse to the odd trick or flick.

Lowry’s game isn’t all about assists, though, as he has an eye for goal himself.

He has five to his name so far in the Lowland League, two of which came last weekend in a 2-2 draw with Caledonian Braves.

If he’s introduced at some stage at Ibrox tonight, fans may see a slightly toned down version of his usual self due to nerves and the magnitude of the occasion.

However, Lowry is the type of player who will back himself in most situations and if he’s given long enough, it would be no surprise if he got the Ibrox faithful out of their seats.

Meanwhile, a fellow Premiership club have reportedly agreed a deal for a player Rangers monitored during Steven Gerrard’s tenure as boss.