Glasgow Rangers academy product Charlie Lindsay is the latest in a long line of Northern Irishmen to make the trip from Belfast to Glasgow, following in the footsteps of his idol Steven Davis, who is an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s side.
Whilst the teenage starlet still has quite some way to go, he could soon be challenging Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, Bongani Zungu and Davis for a place in the starting line-up in the not too distant future.
Lindsay became the youngest ever Glentoran first team player when he made his debut as a substitute at the Oval in the County Antrim Shield victory over Ballyclare Comrades last year, leaving David Lowry to describe him as a “powerful” player who “ticks so many boxes.”
The Glentoran academy coach has tipped the teenager for the very top. He told Belfast Live: “He is a box-to-box midfielder who covers every blade of grass.
“He is powerful and quick, and his range of passing is first class. He also knows when to pick a pass, and then he delivers it with precision. He ticks so many boxes as a footballer.
“It is a great success story for the Academy and one we are very proud of,” Lowry added.
“All the young lads are very grounded and have the right attitude. That can take you a long way in football.
“Charlie epitomises all that, and that’s why he is rated so highly by Glentoran and Rangers. He has the potential to go very far, and he has a good family behind him.”
The fact that the 16-year-old has made it clear he wants to play for the club should excite every Rangers fan, especially when you consider the fact that he wants to emulate the achievements of his countryman, as he told the BBC: “I had a few other clubs showing interest, but I knew right from the first time I went over to Rangers that they were the team for me.
“Signing for them is a dream come true – I grew up as a Rangers fan. I never once felt like a trialist over there and just knew I would join them if they ever made an offer.
It’s hard to pick holes in Gerrard’s side but scoring goals from midfield is perhaps something he is lacking right now – as only Arfield and Aribo have scored more than once in all competitions so far.
Lindsay won the MVP award at the Alkass tournament in Doha earlier this year, having scored more goals than players in the same age group from the likes of European giants Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
Just like Aribo, Gerrard can deploy the young beast as an attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing, which is also a tactic he has used with Arfield as well at times this season.
If Lindsay can continue to impress like this, it may not be too long before he finds himself training with the first team.
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