Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been working out his best XI throughout the 2022/23 campaign so far after a summer of change at Ibrox.
The likes of Cedric Itten, Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun all made their way out of the club and Ross Wilson reacted to their departures by signing seven new players.
John Souttar, Rabbi Matondo, Antonio Colak, Ridvan Yilmaz, Ben Davies, Malik Tillman, and Tom Lawrence all came through the door to bolster the squad.
Rangers needed to bring in a quality replacement for midfielder Aribo as the Nigerian was a crucial member of the team last season, racking up 57 appearances in all competitions – scoring nine goals and providing ten assists.
Lawrence plays in similar positions to the former Charlton man and has enjoyed a solid start to the campaign, scoring three goals and assisting two in nine outings.
However, he has already missed five matches through injury and van Bronckhorst may have to look elsewhere in the squad to find Aribo’s heir if these issues persist for the summer signing from Derby County.
The Dutch head coach could unearth the now-Southampton gem’s replacement from Rangers B as young attacking midfielder Charlie Lindsay has caught the eye this season.
At youth level in 2022/23, the 18-year-old has scored three goals and provided three assists in 11 appearances in the Lowland League and UEFA Youth League combined for the Light Blues.
Prior to arriving in Glasgow, he broke the record for being the youngest professional player in the history of Northern Irish football when he made his debut for Glentoran at just 15 years, five months, and 24 days old in 2019.
Should Gio unleash Lindsay this season?
His academy coach at the time, David Lowry, lavished praise on his talents, saying: “He is a box-to-box midfielder who covers every blade of grass.
“He is powerful and quick, and his range of passing is first class. He also knows when to pick a pass, and then he delivers it with precision. He ticks so many boxes as a footballer.”
The young gem, who has been compared to Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney in the past, is now showcasing his quality by making a big impact at the top end of the pitch for Rangers B this season, suggesting that he is on the right track to making the first-team squad.
Like Aribo, Lindsay can play in central midfield, on either flank, or as a number 10 and has proven that he has the ability to be a difference-maker in the final third with goals and assists.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst could find the Gers’ new attacking midfielder by unearthing the teenage sensation from the academy this season.