As Ibrox Noise’s Stuart discussed earlier, young Zak Lovelace is shining for the B Team, having been a lucrative addition from Millwall this close season.
Just 16, yet looks almost 20, the forward has set tongues wagging, not only with his impressive displays, but that Rangers were able to nab him amid a wealth of competition, and massively douse the irritation of losing young Rory Wilson at the same age. Especially to Villa.
As Stuart says, he’s looking exceptional in preseason – and his age is absolutely no barrier to his progress.
While the pathway at Ibrox for young players has never been the most straight forward, nevertheless the best players do still rise to the top.
Nathan Patterson and Alex Lowry are recent examples of young players given legitimate chances to shine for the seniors, and with luck, Lovelace will impress Gio enough to get a similar opportunity.
Surely a 16-year old with five Championship appearances is regarded as a cut above the usual fare Auchenhowie produces?
Of course, this is a Millwall product, but youth players transfer between clubs as actively as seniors do, so it’s a moot point.
What isn’t, however, is that a talented young forward/striker is making waves in the reserves, and may well find more opportunities to shine in the first team than he might have expected.
We will watch his progress with great interest.