By George Overhill

22nd Apr, 2022 | 10:15am

Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirms Rangers are 'in talks' with Alex Lowry amid exit reports

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has moved to dampen speculation that Rangers teenager Alex Lowry will leave and has confirmed the club are “in talks” with him.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene at Ibrox during the winter, and has made four appearances for the Light Blues, scoring one goal.

With the winger entering the last 12-months of his contract come the summer it appeared that he might be set to leave, with Football Insider reporting discussions with Newcastle earlier this week (18 April), and yesterday (21 April) that Manchester City were set to rival them for his signature.

But in an update from the manager’s pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Motherwell tomorrow the club posted on its Twitter page: “GVB: Alex (Lowry) is one of our big talents coming through the Academy and we are in talks with him, he will be an important player for the future.”

Better late than never

Considering the potential he showed when he first broke into the first team in January big things were predicted from the Gers talent.

But as the team’s form faltered domestically and every game in Europe was massive, his involvement trailed off.

Despite appearing again recently it seemed as if the manager might not trust him, and that interest from elsewhere may turn his head.

But the update today will be the reassurance that many fans would have hoped for, that the club see what an asset the home grown youngster can be.

The assertion that “he will be an important player for the future” seems pretty unequivocal that the Dutchman sees Lowry’s future at Ibrox.

Although nothing can protect the club 100% from overtures from mega-money Premier League sides, if they can secure a long-term contract deal then at least it will take some of that money to prize him out of Glasgow.

In other Rangers news, the club have been hit by a major new injury concern with crucial games coming thick and fast.