By Sam Stone

15th Jul, 2022 | 1:40pm

Rangers are set to sign Malik Tillman from Bayern Munich and that could mean loan exit for Alex Lowry

Rangers are closing in on the signing of Bayern Munich’s attacking midfielder Malik Tillman and that could open to door for Alex Lowry to depart Ibrox on a loan agreement.

The Times reported on Friday 15 July that Rangers are set to finalise a deal for the 20-year-old American international.

The attacking midfielder’s Ibrox incoming surely points to promising youngster Alex Lowry being sent out on loan for the 2022/23 season.

Lowry featured for Rangers in the back end of the 2021/22 season, putting in some impressive performances.

The 19-year-old scored and got an assist in the Gers’ 3-1 victory against Hearts in their final match of the Scottish Premiership season.

However, with the addition of more midfield talent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst look to loan the youngster out.

It is surprising to see Rangers move for Tillman when Lowry looks to be a good option to continue to trust and develop in and around the first team at Ibrox.

It is absolutely essential that the Gers don’t allow Lowry to go on a continuous string of loan agreements that has hampered many youngsters in the past.

A move away for Lowry does make sense in order to gain experience, but it should only be one stint away from Ibrox before he is reintroduced into the first team.

It remains to be seen whether the Rangers boss will keep the 19-year-old at Ibrox this summer but what is set in stone is that he has to be playing regular first-team football this season, whether that be at Ibrox or elsewhere.

In other Rangers news, there is a major new contract announcement on the way from Ibrox soon