With information suggesting Rangers could be set to cut Alex Lowry loose to facilitate a potential £3M player-plus-cash swap for Lawrence Shankland of Hearts, the big question is as much to do with the Rangers loanee’s fate in general as anything else.
Rangers had extremely high hopes for Lowry, Rangers fans for the majority still rate very highly a player they haven’t really seen that much in actuality and overall his career at Ibrox, having promised to go on fire, did not a lot, in truth.
So out on loan he went to Gorgie under the ‘wisdom’ of ex-manager Michael Beale, and while he has definitely not failed at Hearts, it would be a stretch to say he’s sparkled.
He has one goal in 16 appearances in Edinburgh, although it was a corker, but 4 assists which is considerably less than Ryan Kent level at Rangers. And many decided he wasn’t good enough and were happy to ship him out.
The Lowry stuff is catalogued the same as Ross McCausland in a sense – same age, and fans really want our young players to succeed, but Lowry seems to be falling a bit short.
He seems to be a drifter, and while there’s been a lot of rumours about his attitude and personality, we’re not going to get into that.
We just see a playmaker who’s not really asserting himself on football yet.
He’s at an age now where a promising talent of his age should be nailing a lot more goals and assists, and as yet he’s not living up to that, despite 9 starts in 14 in the league.
Is he at his level? A midtable SPL side?
Many fans will make the argument that ‘Philippe Clement is the right man to steer him’ and given what the Belgian has achieved, he could probably make a player of Popeye the Sailor Man.
All we on Ibrox Noise know though is Rangers Standard is high, Jack Butland high. And too few players in our squad currently match that level. We’re not sure Lowry is one such.
But it’s up to Clement.