Rangers loanee James Maxwell has been praised by Queen of the South boss Allan Johnston after scoring in consecutive matches [Qosfc.com]

18-year-old Maxwell had a tough start to life in senior football when he was sent off for two bookable offences on his Championship debut against Ayr United last month.

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Rangers loanee James Maxwell in action for Queen of the South. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, he’s bounced back since then and has established himself at left-back for the Doonhamers.

Maxwell scored against Arbroath on Saturday afternoon as his adopted side secured their first point of the 2020/21 league season and he was at it again on Tuesday night at Hampden Park.

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Maxwell celebrates scoring against Arbroath. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

QoS went 1-0 down early on against Queen’s Park, but they turned the game around before half-time courtesy of goals from Euan East and Niyah Joseph.

The Gers loanee then made the points safe ten minutes from time with a fine effort.

After getting on the end of a through ball from Dan Pybus, Maxwell drove into the opposition area before drilling a shot into across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.

Remarkably, the win was QoS’s first of 2020 and after the game, the Scotland U19 international was praised by manager, Allan Johnston.

“He is a really good young kid and is doing really well,” he told Qosfc.com. “He has got a big future ahead of him and I’m sure the experience of playing week in week out will help his development.”

The victory took Johnston’s side to the top of Group G, ensuring they have a chance of progressing to the Last 16. However, the likes of St Mirren and Partick Thistle both still have fixtures to play and will fancy their chances of qualifying.

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