Why Max Lowe is exactly what Rangers need

Max Lowe, 22 spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Aberdeen from English club Derby County, the left back impressed in Scotland with many raving about the young man. Numerous stellar performances at Aberdeen won Lowe the players’ player of the year award against the likes of, Sam Cosgrove, Lewis Ferguson and Gary Mackay-Stevens.

In terms of Rangers’ left back situation they’re a little lacklustre, Borna Barisic who arrived from Osijek was the mainstay in the left back position starting the season strongly with 7 assists in 14 games he quickly asserted himself in the team. Unfortunately for Barisic he suffered an injury which forced him out the team for some time where Jon Flanagan (originally a right back) and Andy Halliday filled the gap. After his return Barisic was reinstated in the team however struggled to find his form putting in a number of poor performances against big teams which saw him axed from the squad for Jon Flanagan. 

It looks like Borna Barisic will be leaving Rangers in the summer with Andy Halliday possibly following him so with only Jon Flanagan the club will have to strengthen in that department and Max Lowe is definitely the best candidate to fill the gap. Rangers will however have to battle the dons to Lowes’ signature and a large fee may be the asking price for the promising youngster. 

Was 2018/19 a success or merely just a step in the right direction for Steven Gerrards’ Rangers?

Steven Gerrards appointment at Rangers in May of last year brought a fair amount of anticipation to Ibrox. This was the Liverpool legends first job in senior management and so there was doubt from all over the country of his ability to steady the ship at Rangers.

Gerrard’s first professional game as manager of Glasgow Rangers came against Macedonian side FC Shkupi in the first round of an impressive Europa League campaign where the hosts ran out 2-0 winners, Gerrard would guide Rangers through all 4 rounds of the qualifying campaign unbeaten against FC Shkupi, Osijek, Maribor and finally FC Ufa. This was an excellent achievement for Steven Gerrard and Rangers as they reached their first European group stage since 2010/11 season.

Domestically however things were not going so well for the Ibrox club, the league was once again lost to bitter city rivals Celtic as a result of points being dropped to teams that Rangers should have seen off. Defeats at the hands of Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, and newly promoted Livingston were a big factor as well as dropping points to, Hibernian, Motherwell and Dundee. Despite Rangers finally tasting success against Celtic twice it wasn’t quite enough as they finished 9 points behind their rivals.

If you were to ask me if this season was a success for Rangers I’d have to say it wasn’t, the season was a great step in the right direction both on and off the pitch, however having won nothing in Scotland reaching Hampden only once isn’t anywhere near enough to call this season a success at a club like this.

I do feel that Rangers have the resources to strengthen this summer and achieve domestic success next season and potentially go further in Europe, only time will tell for Rangers but this season was definitely a statement of intent to the rest of Scotland that Rangers are back.