Rangers were left to rue a number of wasted chances in front of goal as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men dropped two points in the Premiership on Sunday.
The Gers were held to a 2-2 draw as they lost a two-goal lead at half-time before missing a host of big chances to win the game.
The Ibrox side made substitutes to seal the win but the introduction of Kemar Roofe failed to do the trick as the former Leeds man fired straight at the goalkeeper when presented with a good opening inside the box.
Instead of using Roofe as an impact player off the bench, the Dutch head coach could dip into his academy set-up to unleash young striker Juan Alegria next season.
The Colombian teenager has been impressing at youth level, scoring his sixth Lowlands League goal on Friday, and it could be worth giving the 19-year-old an opportunity to impress in the first team if he catches the eye out on loan after penning terms with Partick Thistle temporarily on Monday.
His complete statistics in the Lowland League are unavailable, but his record for the Gers in the Challenge Cup and FC Honka in their Europa Conference League qualifiers is impressive. He has scored three goals in five appearances across both competitions, only playing 123 minutes – averaging a goal every 41 minutes.
This has led to him being offered the chance to go out on loan where he can play regular senior football.
Former Gers defender Alan Hutton hyped up the youngster previously, saying: “I think we all know that the scouting system has worked well at Rangers so they obviously see a promising, big talent and he’s only 18 [now 19] so it’s going to be one to bring in and develop within the squad.
“He sounds a decent prospect and I trust the Rangers scouting team because they’ve done so well in the past. It’s not been bad so far so we’ll have to back them.”
In order for Alegria to fulfil his potential he needs first-team exposure and this loan between now and the end of the campaign could give him exactly that.
If he is able to enjoy a successful spell at Thistle then he could come back in the summer and save Ross Wilson millions, as the Ibrox chief would not need to splash out cash to sign a new striker if van Bronckhorst can call upon the Colombian.