Rangers got lucky with Alex Lowry injury, must never make same mistake again
Alex Lowry has been out of action for Rangers ever since a horror tackle by Dumbarton’s Ally Love against the club’s B team in the SPFL Trophy.
The 19-year-old was feared to have done significant damage to himself in the challenge which was unbelievably not met with a red card while the B team were 7-0 to the good.
Manager David McCallum has revealed that he is still not ready to feature for the B team with the UEFA Youth League to contend with as well as their Lowland League campaign.
“He is progressing well. He is obviously not back on the football pitch yet and not back in contention for any game time at the moment,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“But any time I have seen him or had conversations about him, it seems to be quite positive just now.
“I think when he got the initial feedback that the injury wasn’t going to be as long-term as what we initially thought, I think naturally Alex felt a bit better about that because he could see a bit of brightness ahead.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst now has a decision to make in terms of the teenager because he surely can’t keep playing him against defensive bullies who will look at the superior skill of the kid and decide that injuring him is the best way to stop him.
It could very quickly become dangerous for Lowry if he continues to play at such a low level when he has proved in every instance that he is ready to be a first-team regular.
He is fortunate that the injury is not as bad as first feared and he should be back within a month or so because it could have easily ended his season there and then.
Rangers can no longer be playing their most promising and advanced youngsters in the B team when the jealous opposition are just going to try and kick them off the pitch every week.