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Glasgow Rangers could find Cantwell clone in Alex Lowry

Glasgow Rangers enjoyed a relatively quiet month during the January transfer window as they only made two additions to their first-team squad.

Ross Wilson worked with Michael Beale to bring in Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell, from Standard Liege and Norwich respectively, on permanent deals to bolster the side heading into the second half of the campaign.

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Raskin made his debut off the bench in the 2-1 win over Ross County in the Scottish Premiership last Saturday and he came onto the pitch after Cantwell had already stolen the show.

The English attacking midfielder recorded a Sofascore rating of 8.1 as he played a starring role in the win. As per Sofascore, the gem completed 94% of his attempted passes, created two chances, assisted one goal, and won six of his eight individual duels during his 83 minutes of action.

He ran the show in the middle of the park by showing quality, energy, and enthusiasm throughout the match. His effervescence on the pitch dictated the tempo of Rangers’ attacking play and allowed them to pepper the County defence.

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It was an impressive display from the 24-year-old and one that Gers supporters could look forward to seeing from another member of the first-team in the future – Alex Lowry.

The 19-year-old gem is an up-and-coming attacking midfielder at the club and Michael Beale could strike gold by unleashing the dynamo as a Cantwell clone, or alternative, when the Englishman is unavailable to play or in need of a rest.

Former Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst oncehailed the dynamo’s style of play and quality, saying: “You could see the Alex you see now on the pitch with moments where he’s very dangerous and very energetic and creating dangerous chances.

“At times you also saw his youthfulness when he had to pay faster but that’s a normal process for him. I’m really pleased for him with the way he’s performing just now.”

These comments suggest that Lowry, who can play out wide or as a number ten like the January signing, is similar to Cantwell in that he brings a lot of energy and creativity to the pitch in midfield.

The Light Blues academy graduate, who has scored two goals and provided two assists in 11 first-team matches, has also showcased his ability to make a big impact in the final third at youth level. He has scored 11 goals and assisted two in 15 B Team outings since the start of last season, which shows that the teenager can be a match-winner from midfield.

In an interview with The Athletic, Scottish coach Andy Goldie once hailed Lowry as being a “master” of the ball, just as Cantwell was against Ross County, and Beale could now strike gold for the Gers by handing the talent more opportunities to play – alongside or in place of the ex-Norwich man – in the coming months.