Clyde manager Danny Lennon has hailed young Rangers loanee Matthew Shiels as a “real talent” after a good start to life in League One for the 20-year-old.
Shiels arrived on loan during the summer and has now made eight appearances for Lennon’s side, with four coming in the league and the others in the League Cup.
The left-back started as Clyde beat Montrose 3-2 on Saturday, with the North Lanarkshire-based side now eighth in the table.
“We have to get the mix of experienced players and young players right,” Lennon told Lanarkshire Live Sport (via Daily Record).
“Matty Shiels has come in and played a good few games. He looks really comfortable and it’s valuable experience for him. He’s a real talent.”
Any young player impressing while out on loan is good news and Rangers have a few now.
In addition to Shiels, Ross McCrorie, Robby McCrorie, Jake Hastie, James Maxwell and Kieran Wright all went out during the summer.
Ross McCrorie has been excelling at Aberdeen and was recently tipped by Dons manager Derek McInnes for a Scotland call-up (via BBC Sport), while Maxwell scored his first Scottish Championship goal prior to the international break (via Transfermarkt).
Maxwell is also a left-back and is two years younger than Shiels, playing at a higher standard, so it is perhaps fair to see him as the better prospect, at least in the eyes of the Rangers hierarchy.
However, he has also shown the ability to play further forward, which could be a viable route to minutes for the 18-year-old next season.
Summer signing Calvin Bassey is another young left-back standing in the way of Shiels, with the former Leicester City man making six league appearances so far this season (via WhoScored).
Regardless of the other left-back options coming through, it is good to see Shiels impressing and it will be fascinating to see how these players progress.
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