By Pranav Shahaney

14th May, 2022 | 9:39pm

BBC pundit thrilled by what Alex Lowry did in Rangers win over Hearts

Leanne Crichton was full of praise for Rangers sensation Alex Lowry for his performance in Saturday’s win over Hearts.

In a game that did not matter in the grand scheme of things, Giovanni van Bronckhorst decided to shuffle the pack and hand some of the youngsters the opportunities to impress.

Lowry, a player who was in the headlines throughout his transfer saga, was given a start and found the back of the net in first half stoppage time.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene, Crichton said, “Tremendous quality. The more you see him and the more exposure he gets you to see that.

“In recent weeks his performances both at youth level and when he’s stepped up to the first team he’s been outstanding.

“The finish looks simple but it’s real quality. There’s very minimal backlift and that unsettles Craig Gordon. He’s waiting on that bit of movement to gauge where he goes and make that decision.

“But he’s so quick and it’s an excellent finish.

“Throughout the team though there were real positives. Players have been put in today and been asked to play in a similar way to players who do it week in, week out and they executed it so well.”

Phenomenal

Playing the youngsters in this one was absolutely the right thing to do from van Bronckhorst.

He had one of the biggest games of the decade in the next few days and could not risk it by playing his key players.

His decision paid off brilliantly and now everyone is talking about Rangers’ next generation.

Everyone knew that the club possessed tremendous talent in their youth ranks, but to see them play is another thing altogether.

Even for them, featuring in a top-flight game for Rangers is an extremely huge deal and the ones making their debut will cherish this contest for the rest of their lives.

Hope the Gers continue their good run of form and go on to Seville and get the job done against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.