Exciting Rangers loanee James Maxwell is passing his first assignment in senior football with flying colours at Championship club Queen of the South.
19-year-old Maxwell is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gers first team, but he featured in a friendly against Lokomotiv Tashkent in January 2020 in Dubai.
Either side of that taste of first-team action, Maxwell played a key role for the Colts on their way to the Challenge Cup semi-final, while he also played in all five of the U20s’ UEFA Youth League fixtures.
Ahead of the current campaign, he was deemed ready to head out on loan for the first time, joining Championship club Queen of the South on a season-long deal.
He was sent off for two bookable offences on his Championship debut but since then, he’s established himself as a key player in Allan Johnston’s side.
The QoS manager described him as having a ‘big future ahead of him’ after he scored in consecutive games in November [Qosfc.com] and while he hasn’t added to his goals tally, he’s been a constant at left-back.
Since serving the one-match ban that followed his debut red card, Maxwell has played every minute of his adopted side’s last ten Championship fixtures.
There are no concerns about his disciplinary record, as he’s picked up just a solitary caution since his dismissal, and he continues to impress in attack, notching an assist in a 3-2 home win over Ayr United earlier this month.
It’s been a near-perfect loan stint so far for the Scotland youth international, who’ll be hoping to stay injury-free over the coming months in order to get a full season in the second tier under his belt.
With Borna Barisic sure to attract transfer interest in the summer window, it’ll be reassuring for Steven Gerrard and Gers supporters that a promising homegrown left-back is making the most of his chance to impress elsewhere.
While Maxwell looks to have a bright future at Ibrox, a player he starred alongside at Colts level last season could leave the club this summer.