Rangers defeated Stirling Albion 4-0 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Friday evening in what was a comfortable victory at Ibrox.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst went for an experimental line-up, with the likes of Brandon Barker, Juninho Bacuna, and Jack Simpson all starting, presumably to put the players in the shop window.
Three key talking points have emerged from the victory as van Bronckhorst continues his unbeaten start as Rangers manager.
A stunning debut for Alex lowry
The 18-year-old replaced Ianis Hagi early on in the encounter and he went on to have a night he won’t forget. The youngster scored a well-taken goal to open his account for the Ibrox side.
Plenty of youth players have been performing well for the B team recently and chances like this don’t come along very often, Lowry took it with open arms and proved to the manager that he can be a key part of the side in the future, although the way he carried himself, more chances may come sooner rather than later.
Ianis Hagi goes off injured
The severity of the injury has yet to be disclosed as every Rangers fan nervously holds their breath and hopes it isn’t serious.
The Romanian came off during the 15th minute allowing Lowry to make his debut.
With key fixtures to come, and Celtic awaiting on February 2 in a crunch tie, Rangers losing another key man could be a nightmare scenario for van Bronckhorst.
With Alfredo Morelos definitely out, and the near likelihood that Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe will miss the Old Firm tie, having Hagi available is a must.
Cedric Itten takes his chance
As Jermain Defoe parted ways with the club last week, the manager chose to recall Itten from his loan spell in what could prove to be an underrated call.
The Ibrox side will need all the firepower they can get as a tough run of fixtures awaits and whilst Itten isn’t exactly prolific in front of goal, he might suit the Dutchman’s style going forward.
He grabbed his first Rangers goal since netting in a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in July. Add in goals against Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Eintracht Frankfurt and Stirling Albion join some elusive company.
Rangers’ next match is a home tie against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening, in what is another must-win league tie.