By Joe Ellis

27th Jun, 2022 | 6:41pm

Rangers-bound Zak Lovelace earns 'magnificent' praise from chairman

Millwall teenager Zak Lovelace is very close to making the move north of the border to Rangers and he’s received high praise from his former chairman.

The Light Blues are set to pay the required cross-border compensation fee to the English Championship side in the coming days to bring the 16-year-old to Glasgow [Daily Mail, 24 June, page 84].

Prior to joining the Lions at The Den, Lovelace played for Glebe in the Kent Youth League and scored a hatful of goals to impress the Millwall scouts.

Club chairman, Rocky McMillan, is very boisterous when discussing the teenager and thinks the Gers could have found themselves a future star of the sport.

“For Zak to get to a prestigious club like Rangers, who were in the final of the Europa League last season, is a magnificent achievement for him,” McMillan said to The Herald. It is great for us to see him doing so well and I wish him all the best up there.

“Zak is only 16 so it might take him time to get into the first team and Rangers have a proven goal scorer in Alfredo Morelos there as well obviously.

“But Rangers obviously see something in him and feel that they can nurture him. If they have done a deal for him, they must like him and hopefully, he can go on to realise his potential there.”


There seems to be a lot of excitement over this particular signing but we have to remember that he isn’t going to come in and walk into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side from the off.

It is going to take a good three or four years for him to not only settle up in Scotland but also grow in both the physical and mental areas to become a genuine senior-level player.

His signing does at least help van Bronckhorst in the transfer window though as he no longer necessarily needs to go out and buy a player who will take over from Morelos should he leave this summer or next.

He can find a stop-gap who can lead the line for a year or two and then put his trust in Lovelace or fellow Ibrox youngster Tony Weston to step up and score the goals to lead his Bears team to what he hopes to be a very successful spell.

In other Rangers news, one of the midfielders on van Bronckhorst’s transfer radar has spoken out about his future.