By Joe Ellis

4th Jul, 2022 | 5:43pm

Gary Rowett admits to Millwall helplessness as Rangers near Zak Lovelace deal

Rangers are very nearly over the line in their pursuit to sign 16-year-old sensation Zak Lovelace from English Championship side Millwall.

Jordan Campbell of The Athletic reported on 2 July that the Light Blues had agreed to a compensation fee of £100,000 for the talented young Englishman as the drive to poach the best young talent across the British Isles continues.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett gave Lovelace his senior debut last season but even he has admitted that they are now almost helpless to stop his exit if that is what he desires.

“Obviously he hasn’t signed a contract yet. At the moment if another club comes in that’s something we’ll find out. It’s out of our hands, really,” Rowett said, as quoted by News at Den.

“We want him to stay, we’ve always wanted him to stay but sometimes different driving forces means that doesn’t happen. We’ll wait and see how that plays out.

“It would be a shame because he’s obviously a player that has come through the academy, they’ve worked hard with him, put in lots of hours and you want to see that come to fruition if possible.”

Must-buy

Not many 16-year-olds could be classed as a must-buy so early in their careers but that is almost certainly the case for Lovelace.

To be given his Championship debut at such a young age is an incredibly rare phenomenon and perhaps the most notable player to do that in recent times is Jude Bellingham during his time at Birmingham City.

We all know how his career trajectory has skyrocketed in the time that has passed since then and the same could happen to Lovelace too which is why we need to bring him to Ibrox.

If he does make a similarly large jump in performance we could be sitting on one of the world’s most promising players and that will no doubt attract the attention of the world’s biggest clubs.

That will not only get us a top player to help us be successful right now but maybe earn us a mammoth transfer fee further down the line which could revolutionise not just us but Scottish football entirely.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to use pre-season to run the rule over this Gers youngster but that is delaying a potential loan move to England.