By Joe Ellis

10th Jul, 2022 | 8:10pm

Rangers ace Alex Lowry must 'up a level' to make first-team step - Kenny Dalglish

Among many high points for Rangers during the 2021-22 season was the emergence of teenager Alex Lowry as a highly-talented footballer.

The Scottish youth international was given his first start in the cup against Stirling Albion where he scored his first goal and he was a regular on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s bench for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old is now in Portugal with the rest of the senior squad, trying to prove to the Dutch manager that he should be in his first starting XI of the 2022-23 campaign.

Sir Kenny Dalglish believes that Lowry still needs to find another level in his game before he can make that step having agreed a contract extension at Ibrox.

“Alex Lowry decided to extend his deal with Rangers, and right now he is in Portugal, with a chance to show Giovanni van Bronckhorst that he is ready to step up and play regular first-team football,” Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column.

“He showed on a few occasions last season that he is talented and has a good mentality. He now needs to move that up a level, and that’s exactly what he’ll be trying to do.”

The Future

There is no doubt that Lowry will be in our midfield for years to come once he has matured that little bit more and polished his game to that of a seasoned professional.

Amazingly for a player of just 19 years of age, he is very nearly there already and it shouldn’t take too much time to see the final product flourish to his maximum potential in the Scottish Premiership and continental competitions.

But with so much time in his career ahead of him, there is no need to rush any moment of his development even if that means he doesn’t feature all that regularly this season.

It might even be beneficial to allow him to leave on loan for the 2022-23 campaign if that means he will play every single game (when fit) and then have him be the main man for Rangers the following year.

It is a great luxury to have right now and van Bronckhorst will be able to sleep easily knowing that his midfield general of the future is already tied down to a long-term contract.

In other Rangers news, a Scottish Championship side are lining up not one but two Light Blues starlets for a double loan swoop before the season kicks off.