By Sam Stone

3rd Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Zak Lovelace first team sighting could indicate Michael Beale stance on Alfredo Morelos Rangers future

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks at Ibrox with Michael Beale replacing Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the Rangers dugout after a poor start to the season.

The 42-year-old has finally taken up his post and has begun training with his players, with the Scottish Premiership set to resume on 15 December. As the clash against Hibernian nears, Beale will be trying to assess this failing group of players and work out who actually has a future at Ibrox.

Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos are two names who are a constant talking point for Rangers fans with the pair out of contract in the summer. Both excelled when the former QPR boss was part of Steven Gerrard’s coaching team, and he could well look to keep both of them at Ibrox.

However, Beale could well have dropped a clue on the Colombian’s future after he called up youngster Zak Lovelace to first-team training in his first session at Auchenhowie.

If it had been a couple of weeks into his tenure then it probably wouldn’t have been a talking point, but the fact the 16-year-old was immediately included could well mean Beale is looking to get the youngster first team ready for next season.

He’s unlikely to be the first choice for Beale in the 2023/24 campaign, but there’s a chance the 42-year-old could see the former Millwall youngster as a good backup to Antonio Colak.

In regard to Morelos, it could well mean the new Rangers boss is preparing his strike force, without the 26-year-old’s departure in his plans.

Considering he hasn’t put to pen to paper yet, it’s extremely unlikely for him to commit his future to the club with just six months left on his current deal. Rangers should potentially keep an eye on Lovelace’s movements over the next couple of weeks.

In other Rangers news, a former Ibrox chief has slammed the current board for their decision to hire Beale.