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Rangers: Beale could unearth new Gazza and McCoist

Glasgow Rangers supporters of a certain vintage will remember the glory days of the 1990s when the late great Walter Smith led the Ibrox side to nine in a row Premiership titles and countless domestic trophies.

During the final few seasons of this extraordinary run, Smith relied on the wonderful duo of Ally McCoist and Paul Gascoigne to get an ageing Rangers side over the line and match Celtic’s record.

The mercurial Englishman scored 39 goals for Rangers, while McCoist is the Light Blues’ all-time leading goal scorer and the two clicked straight away. Their most memorable moment came in the 1996 League Cup final, as the pair scored twice each in an enthralling 4-3 victory over Hearts.

Michael Beale would certainly love a duo like that in his current Rangers side, and with starlets Alex Lowry and Zak Lovelace thriving at youth level, he may just have the next Gazza and McCoist waiting in the wings.

Lowry made his first team debut in last season’s Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion, even scoring shortly after he entered the game from the bench and his qualities are similar to that of Gascoigne.

He is very attack-minded and extremely comfortable on the ball, not shy about getting stuck in when the going gets tough either and he can become a mainstay in the Gers midfield for years to come.

Journalist Joshua Barrie described him as a “step above everyone else” during a Lowland League tie and he could form an excellent duo with Lovelace in the future.

The Englishman is three years younger than Lowry, however, his potential is limitless. He made his first team debut for Millwall at just 15 and joined the Ibrox side in the summer, going straight into the B team.

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He certainly shares McCoist’s keen eye for goal, scoring 11 goals in 26 matches for the B team this term, while also chipping in with eight assists and he even made his senior bow against Queen of the South in the League Cup back in August.

Beale is expected to give youth players a chance in his Rangers team, and with Lowry and Lovelace raring to go, the future is bright.