Rangers loanee James Maxwell has been praised after netting a fine solo goal for Queen of the South against Premiership club Hibernian on Monday, as his stock continues to rise.
The young left-back joined QoS before the start of the season and quickly established himself in manager Allan Johnston’s strongest XI.
He’s since been joined by three other Gers loanees in Rhys Breen, Dapo Mebude and Ciaran Dickson, but it’s Maxwell who is impressing the most.
Despite this being his first loan move away from Ibrox, the 19-year-old has made an impressive 27 appearances, contributing to a number of clean sheets as well as showing potential at the top end of the pitch.
One of his biggest tests to date came in a Scottish Cup tie against Hibs, who are currently third in the top-flight, at Palmerston Park on Monday night.
The result didn’t go the way the hosts would have hoped, with the visitors securing a relatively comfortable 3-1 triumph.
However, Maxwell managed to produce a moment of magic in front of the BBC Scotland cameras.
Surging forward from full-back, he broke through on a disjointed Hibs defence before nutmegging the experienced Paul Hanlon and steering a finish with the outside of his left foot into the bottom right corner.
🗣️ 'That's a brilliant goal' – James Maxwell's finish for Queen of the South 👇
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) April 5, 2021
“That’s a full-back running forward!” exclaimed an impressed James McFadden on commentary [BBC Sport]. “What a brilliant goal. Nice nutmeg from Maxwell then he shows great composure to finish it off.”
QoS and their Rangers loanees will no doubt be disappointed to be out of the Scottish Cup, but attention now shifts back to the Championship, as they push for a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has outlined his exciting summer plans for a promising Ibrox asset.