By Callum O'Connell

19th Oct, 2023 | 8:40pm

Mark Wilson claims Rangers would have a big problem if they recalled Alex Lowry from Hearts

Mark Wilson has claimed Rangers must have big issues at the club if they opt to recall Alex Lowry from his loan spell at Hearts in January.

Wilson suggested that Lowry is not ready for the step up, and going from playing the odd game with Hearts to being expected to play a role under Philippe Clement at Rangers would signify deeper issues at Ibrox.

The question of whether Rangers would recall the 20-year-old has been circling recently, and Hearts boss Steven Naismith admitted it could be a possibility in the Edinburgh Evening News [18 October].

Wilson was speaking live on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard on 19 October, when he commented: “You know what, without being disrespectful to Lowry, he’s got great potential but Rangers have got a bigger problem than I thought if they need Lowry back to make a big dent.

“And that’s with the greatest of respect to the kid because he will be a top player one day. But if he’s at Hearts, he’s at Hearts for a reason to get game time.

“There’s a difference from playing with Hearts sporadically to going into a Rangers first team under a new manager. So I think Philippe Clement has got enough in the building at the minute to try and get better performances and results out of.”

Wilson is right, a move would be unnecessary

There is simply no point in Rangers recalling Lowry in the January transfer window. They aren’t struggling for depth in his position, and while his performances have been good, he’s not shown levels to the point you think he should be starting at Ibrox.

The suggestions around that loan option seem to have come from people clutching at straws. Things aren’t running smoothly at Rangers this season so what can they do? Oh, that loan player’s doing alright, maybe they’ll bring him back.

It wouldn’t make sense for either party to make that move happen. Lowry is better off growing and developing his game at Hearts and aiming to impress this season with a view to eventually making his way into the conversation at Ibrox.

Either way, there are more pressing matters for Clement to deal with upon his arrival at Ibrox, with his side set to face Hibernian on Saturday as he looks to get off to a quick start.

In other Rangers news, John Hartson has slammed James Bisgrove after what he said.