The Light Blues manager has confirmed that attacking midfielder Alex Lowry will not be involved in the matchday squad despite being available for selection.
Speaking to the club’s official Twitter account, he said: “Lowry is fit but not in the squad for tomorrow, Fashion has a minor muscle issue from Sunday and will be out for a week and back for sure after the World Cup.”
The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell published an article on Tuesday explaining that van Bronckhorst’s job is safe, for now, but that the Dutchman is under pressure after the 2-1 defeat to St. Johnstone last weekend left the club seven points behind Celtic in the table.
Football Insider, meanwhile, have claimed that he could be sacked during the World Cup break after Gers chiefs discussed the manager’s future earlier this week.
With this in mind, van Bronckhorst may well have made his final mistake in charge of the club by opting against bringing Lowry into the first-team squad in the Premiership for the first time this season.
The Gers lacked creativity in midfield in their defeat to St. Johnstone as they were forced to resort to long balls and deep crosses. Rangers earned 20 corners and put a whopping 50 crosses into the box, as John Lundstram and Malik Tillman managed three key passes between them.
There was no creative or goalscoring threat from the middle of the park and that forced a lot of the play to be funnelled out wide, resulting in Borna Barisic and James Tavenier firing in seemingly endless crosses into a packed penalty area.
Lowry is a player with the potential to provide the spark Rangers have been missing in midfield, as he has been on fire for the B Team this season. He has scored five goals and provided one assist in nine appearances, after managing two goals and two assists in four starts for the first team in 2021/22.
The gem did miss a penalty in a 3-0 defeat for the B Team against Hamilton in the Trust Trophy on Tuesday night but his overall statistics remain impressive and he could have had more of an impact whilst playing alongside first-team players.
His goal involvements since the start of last season show that the 19-year-old, who was born in Uddingston and could get the supporters rocking as one of their own, has the quality in possession to make things happen in the final third, by scoring and assisting goals.
Van Bronckhorst’s squad lacked the attributes Lowry can provide in their defeat to St. Johnstone and not including the youngster in his squad could now result in him potentially losing his job if it leads to another stagnant, cross-heavy, performance that tempts the board into wielding the axe.