View: Time for Rangers to unleash Zak Lovelace onto first team scene
Rangers have had plenty of youngsters break onto the first-team scene in recent years and their latest wonderkid could well be the most exciting of the lot.
Zak Lovelace has certainly found a home at Ibrox with the 16-year-old in scintillating form for the Gers’ B team since his summer arrival from Millwall.
His latest exploit for the Gers’ was a brace in their 3-2 UEFA youth league away win over Napoli on Wednesday (26 October). Considering the poor form of Alfredo Morelos, the youngster should be given a more consistent first-team chance by Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Lovelace has nine goals and five assists in all competitions for the Light Blues so far in the 2022/23 season and has been given one first-team appearance by the Dutchman.
It’s clear the youngster is an instinctive goalscorer who will be a big player for the Gers in the future. In the B team’s recent defeat to Liverpool, Lovelace was a threat throughout, with two shots and nine touches in the opposition penalty area (Wyscout).
Furthermore, the youngster played all across the front line against the Reds, displaying his versatility. He wasn’t just a threat in and around the box as well. Lovelace managed to amass four progressive runs (carrying the ball over 30 meters) during the 90 minutes.
If Lovelace continues to perform to these high levels, van Bronckhorst will be left with no option but to include the youngster in his first team in the coming weeks. He also shouldn’t be reluctant to do so, the success of Calvin Bassey should be an encouragement for the Dutchman to include the former Millwall man in his plans.
He could go on to be a big asset for the Light Blues in the future.
In other Rangers news, Josh McPake’s latest performance should send a reminder to the club