As Rangers fans assess the club’s squad mid transfer window, perhaps youngster Alex Lowry can be the goalscoring midfielder so many of the club’s supporters desperately crave.
There’s a feeling that not enough of the Ibrox club’s goals come from this position of the pitch and in the 19-year-old midfielder Rangers have a dynamic, elegant and progressive player who is known to have an eye for goal.
Many have been calling on Rangers to invest in this position, something the club tried to do with Aaron Ramsey in January but the less said about that the better.
The problem is that every team in world football are on the hunt for a goalscoring midfielder and it’s a gap several teams, not just Rangers, are actively trying to plug.
As a result the best ones don’t come cheap.
But in Alex Lowry Rangers have a player bursting with ability and having just signed a three-year deal, the challenge is set for the kid to break into the team properly this season.
Rangers reportedly held off competition from the likes of Man City and Newcastle United to tie Lowry down and there will be an expectation from all sides that he is given the opportunity to kick on.
As Ianis Hagi works his way back from injury it’s the perfect opportunity to integrate the youngster into the side and – hopefully – see him flourish in the weeks and months to come.
Rangers kid Alex Lowry can plug creative midfield gap
If Rangers can prioritise Alex Lowry it has multiple benefits.
Utilising the talents of Alex Lowry, a confident youngster who plays with swagger and self-belief, is a cost-effective option that allows the transfer budget to be spread around the squad.
It also develops a club asset who could bank Rangers a healthy chunk of change in the coming seasons if his profile continues on its current trajectory.
Not to mention there is nothing quite like an Academy kid coming into the side and cementing his place in the first team to adoring supporters.
However, many fans may see this as a risk given Lowry’s lack of experience but the question to those supporters is if not now, when?
There’s a gap in the squad that Lowry is bursting to fill and Rangers might have the solution to their creative problems in that position right under their noses.
Meanwhile, an ex-Rangers kid who left the club this summer has just scored the winner in a bizarre friendly against Qatar.