By George Overhill

5th May, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers to offer Alex Lowry 'bumper' long-term deal but teen puts of decision amid English interest

Rangers are set to offer teenage talent Alex Lowry a “bumper” long-term deal to keep him at the club amid Premier League interest, the Scottish Sun reports.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst had recently indicated that talks over a new contract for the 18-year-old were underway but they are apparently yet to begin in earnest and are currently “pencilled in”.

The attacker, who made his debut earlier this season is wanted by a “number” of clubs in England including super-rich pair Newcastle and Manchester City, but isn’t ready to make a decision on his future.

The Sun report says: “Rangers will offer Lowry, who has 12 months on his current deal remaining, a bumper long-term contract to remain at the club.   

“But, it’s understood the youngster and his camp would prefer to wait until later this month when the season ends before making any decision.”

Clock ticking

Despite a number of injury worries this year Lowry hasn’t been able to build on his start as much as seemed likely when he burst onto the scene in the winter.

But he has certainly shown enough to suggest he could be one of the building blocks for the future at Ibrox.

He may be in line for involvement in the Europa League semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig tonight (5 May), depending on the fitness of other members of the squad.

It is slightly concerning if the club have not yet offered him the long-term deal that will keep him around, and leaves them open to losing yet another highly rated youngster south.

Rory Wilson appears to be set on leaving for the Premier League, as Billy Gilmour did not so long ago.

But with Lowry having already broken into the first team the Light Blues should be doing everything they can to avoid losing a potential future star for cheap.

A long-term deal would at least force the big-money English sides to fork over a decent amount of their riches to take young local talent from the club, but with the player delaying a decision until he has just a year left he currently stands to leave for only modest compensation.

In other Rangers news, another first team member immeasurably more established in the world of football also looks to be on the outs in the summer.