In a boost for Rangers, Millwall manager Gary Rowett hasn’t ruled out an exit for Ibrox-linked starlet Zak Lovelace [The South London Press].
Earlier this week, the Daily Record reported that Lovelace was a transfer target for the Gers.
Remarkably, despite still only being 15, the promising attacker has already featured for the Lions in the Championship, becoming their second youngest-ever player in the process.
Unsurprisingly, though, the Gers aren’t the only club credited with interest in him.
The likes of Leicester City and Brighton have also been linked.
As he’s not yet 16, he isn’t on a professional contract at The Den and on Wednesday, Millwall boss Gary Rowett failed to rule out an exit for the highly-rated prospect.
“Until they (promising young players) have signed professional contracts you are always open to them (Premier League clubs and others) coming in and pinching them, like they have with some of the other youngsters that have been well-documented over the years,” he said [The South London Press].
“The hope for us is always the same. We’ve got a plan for Zak to take steps to get into our first team…The problem with that is on that journey there are an awful lot of things that can change that situation. We’re aware of that.
“I’d love to see how that develops over the next two or three years because he could be, from what I’ve seen, a top player.
“We’ll see, because a lot of that is potentially out of our hands. We’ll put a plan together and try to work to that plan. The best for any young player is to try and get into a first team and stay in a first team.”
Could Rangers win race for Lovelace?
Rangers have managed to attract a number of talented young players in recent seasons despite strong competition, including Tony Weston and Charlie McCann.
And there’s competitive football on offer for those players right now in the Lowland League.
However, a possible problem for future youth transfers is the uncertainty going into next season, with the Lowland League membership only set to last one campaign.
The lack of clarity on the B team could be a real issue for Rangers in this transfer race, as although Lovelace is highly thought of, it’s unlikely that Gio van Bronckhorst would be able to offer him immediate first-team opportunities.