Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have only won two of their last seven matches in all competitions and struggled to break their opponents down on Saturday as they were held to a draw.
Meanwhile, Rangers B thrashed Bo’ness United 4-1 and mercurial midfielder Alex Lowry caught the eye with two of the four goals on Saturday.
This comes after the first-team manager decided that he was not ready to be involved in the senior squad. Ahead of the clash with Hearts in midweek, van Bronckhorst explained why the youngster was not going to be in contention to feature:
“Alex Lowry is not in the squad. He is fit to play but not in the squad.
“Well, I can only pick 20, it’s very simple. I hope he will be back soon because it’s a long time ago last season.
“He’s been out for how many months…so for me, it is just a case of seeing the players I have, the players I will need, that’s all I think about. All the players who are in the 20 squad at the moment deserves to be in that squad.”
Lowry was then left out of the matchday squad again as Rangers failed to beat St Mirren and responded to that disappointment by scoring a brace for the B team.
The teenager proved van Bronckhorst badly wrong as he showcased his attacking quality from midfield. He has the ability to provide a spark in the final third and that was something that was clearly missing in the Premiership clash on Saturday, given the aforementioned statistics from the game.
Van Bronckhorst’s quotes on Lowry indicate that he feels the options he has ahead of him are better than the academy graduate but Scott Wright’s performance at the weekend suggests otherwise. The Scottish forward lined up out wide on the right and missed a ‘big chance’ whilst losing six of his eight individual duels.
He has zero goals and one assist in ten appearances in the Premiership this season and his lack of end product has had a negative impact on the side, with his big miss against St Mirren ultimately costing them two points.
Therefore, he has proven van Bronckhorst wrong for not selecting him in the squad against St Mirren as he could have made a big impact at the top end of the pitch. Instead, Wright continued to struggle with his end product and Rangers fell further behind in the title race.