Transfer Focus: Move for Max Lowe adds depth and competition in key area for Rangers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made contact with Derby County boss Frank Lampard about a potential transfer move for defender Max Lowe, according to The Daily Record.

What’s the story?

Lowe is familiar to football fans in Scotland having impressed for Aberdeen in the top-flight on loan from the English Championship this season.

Rangers have made it a transfer policy of theirs over the last few windows to sign the best available talent in the division, both weakening the opposition and strengthening Gerrard’s squad.

The Record report that the club are now looking to ruin the Dons’ intentions of securing another loan deal for Lowe this summer by making a bid for the 22-year-old themselves.

Derby are not keen on letting him leave permanently but the paper reckon Lampard is open to the player continuing elsewhere for another season on a loan basis.

What would he add to Rangers?

With 41 appearances for Aberdeen this season in all competitions, including a Scottish League Cup final and Scottish Cup semi-final, Lowe has proven he can play consistently at the required level.

The mostly unused Lee Wallace’s contract is expiring and there will be a lack of natural cover at left-back next season. The addition of the Derby man would at the very least provide necessary back-up to Borna Barisic.

Jon Flanagan has filled in this season but the majority of his career games have come on the other flank and the current situation isn’t ideal, with Barisic having no real direct competition for his position beyond the right-footed former Liverpool man.

His very presence would also surely help the Croatian unlock his potential at Ibrox after a difficult debut campaign.

Barisic boon

Barisic arrived as one of last summer’s big summer signings, with fans initially being impressed by his performances for NK Osijek in UEFA Europa League qualifying against the Gers.

Gerrard wasted little time in signing him and his initial form was pretty exciting, appearing to have the drive and final product that would make him a strong presence on the left flank.

Injuries and fitness issues took their toll though and the 26-year-old has increasingly found himself on the fringes of the first-team, falling out of favour with Steven Gerrard.

As reported by The Herald, Barisic insists his relationship with the manager remains strong and fans should be hopeful he can make an impact next season. You don’t make competitive appearances for Croatia without having a bit of quality about you.

But the arrival of Lowe, as a fairly low risk loan signing, could create the competitive atmosphere he needs to take his Rangers career to the next level and start reproducing the form that marked his early few months at Ibrox.