Glasgow Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is facing increasing pressure in the Ibrox hot seat after another disappointing result at the weekend.
They are currently four points behind their arch-rivals at the top of the Scottish top-flight table and now face the daunting prospect of a trip to Napoli in the Champions League, a competition in which they have lost all four of their matches so far.
After the result on Saturday, journalist Josh Bunting went as far as to state in a post on Twitter: “Just looks like Giovanni van Bronckhorst has lost the dressing room at Rangers, players seem to have just given up. Performances abysmal and today for me goes a long way to deciding the title already and we are in October. Downward spiral and if it was the end I wouldn’t be shocked.”
Sportscene pundit Shelley Kerr claimed that supporters are “up in arms” because of the style of play being deployed by the head coach, whilst Michael Stewart added that they are missing an “X-factor” on the pitch.
The January transfer window is over two months away and Van Bronckhorst will need to look within his own squad to find the spark that will ignite their season and save his job.
One player who could save the head coach’s position at the club by being finally unleashed in the first team is attacking midfielder Alex Lowry.
The mercurial 19-year-old talent suffered a knee injury earlier this season that prevented him from bursting into the senior squad. However, he is now back fit and playing for the B team, which suggests that van Bronckhorst can now bring him back into the first-team group.
Lowry was given opportunities in the 2021/22 campaign and grasped them with both hands as he produced two goals and two assists in seven matches from midfield.
These quotes illustrate Lowry’s style of play and suggest that he could have the X-factor that Rangers have been missing under Van Bronckhorst this season.
He is a technically adept midfielder, who can play centrally or out wide, and his statistics suggest that the potential is there for him to step up and make a huge impact within the senior side.
Having an academy graduate strutting his stuff, scoring and assisting goals, in the Premiership could give the supporters something to cling onto and ease the tensions around Van Bronckhorst’s position in the dugout, which is why Lowry must finally be unleashed in the coming weeks.