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Rangers: Michael Beale set to hand chances to youth team players

A claim has emerged over new Glasgow Rangers manager Michael Beale and his expected use of the youth squad at Ibrox…

What’s the talk?

BBC Scotland reporter Kheredine Idessane has claimed that the Englishman is set to hand opportunities to a number of young talents from the B team.

He tweeted:

“Further to this from a few days ago, expect @RangersFC youngsters Charlie McCann and Adam Devine to get a chance under Beale, as well as Lowry and Lovelace.”

This was quoting a Tweet from the 27th of November:

Expect Michael Beale to be announced as new @RangersFC manager in the next 48 hours. Also expect him to let younger players get their chance. Good news, if all goes through as expected, for the likes of Lowry and Lovelace. Bigger question is: can he close the gap on @CelticFC?”

Could save the club millions

Beale unleashing Zak Lovelace in the coming weeks and months could be a masterstroke by the 42-year-old and save the club millions in the process by providing the club with a new senior striker.

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The talented 16-year-old attacker joined the club at the end of last season and has been playing for the B team throughout the current campaign so far, with the new Gers head coach now appearing set to offer him a chance to impress in the first-team.

Wilson hailed the forward after his arrival from Millwall in the summer, saying:

“We are delighted to welcome Zak to Rangers. He is an exciting young player and one we are sure will progress here.

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Craig Mulholland added:

“He has developed really well with the staff at Millwall and we can see lots of potential in him.

“Zak is a very exciting and quick forward player who our recruitment team, headed by David Stevenson, have been tracking for some time.”

The Englishman has lived up to the hype with an impressive run of form at youth level this season. Lovelace has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 25 matches for the under-19 and B team combined, including two goals and four assists in six UEFA Youth League outings.

He still has plenty of time left ahead of him, at the age of 16, and there is no rush for Beale to introduce him to regular first-team football but giving him the odd chance to make an appearance in the Premiership or cup could help his development over time.

Lovelace’s emergence could then save Wilson from having to spend millions on a new number nine to replace Alfredo Morelos, who is out of contract next summer, or Kemar Roofe, if they decide to part ways with the former Anderlecht man.

The dynamo has shown plenty of promise at youth level and it is now down to him to grasp any opportunities that come his way thanks to Beale’s willingness to bring through young talents.