Rangers were held to a 2-2 draw by a resolute Alloa Athletic side at Ibrox on Tuesday night, leaving the recently-appointed Stuart McCall still searching for his first win in charge.
After a goalless first-half, Alloa took the lead through Ben Gordon in the 53rd-mintue, before Rangers hit back with two Nicky Clark strikes in quick succession to put the home side in position to close the gap between them and second-place Hibernian.
Familiar problems haunted McCall’s men, though, as they allowed Liam Buchanan to equalise eight minutes from the end to stumble to a fifth successive Scottish Championship draw.
The new boss showed his willingness to switch things up on the night, however, making five changes to the line-up from the 1-1 stalemate with Livingston and starting teenagers Andy Murdoch and Tom Walsh.
The latter’s performance in particular was cause for optimism, as he built on his promising start on the weekend with another bright outing, full of skill and endeavour, which saw him combine excellently with Lee Wallace on the left.
After making his senior debut in December 2012, the 18-year-old midfielder has had to wait some time before getting his next taste of first-team football with Rangers but, judging from the Twitter reaction to his latest display, fans are keen for him to be handed plenty more opportunities moving forward.
Tom Walsh is a real talent, by jingo he is quick?— TheHairyJobbie (@TheHairyJobbie) March 18, 2015
@tomwalsh_48 Well played again, mate! Really coming into your own on the left! Surreal playing at Ibrox?— Darin Gardiner (@daringardiner) March 17, 2015
We must now go with the youth, McCulloch should not be in any future Rangers squad! Looks again @tomwalsh_48 was again giving his all— Will Glasgow Rangers (@willrangers15) March 17, 2015
Great to see @tomwalsh_48, starting tonight. Best player on the park!— Zander Agnew (@ZanderAgnew) March 17, 2015
Tom Walsh where have u been the past year?— Jay redfern (@jayredfern_72) March 17, 2015
Again, another shoutout to @tomwalsh_48 who was impressive yet again tonight... Well done lad!— Rangers Away Days (@RFCAwayDays) March 17, 2015
@tomwalsh_48 take a bow young man. Best player on the park by a country mile. Showed your team mates how it's done— maverick (@maverickMMI) March 17, 2015
Im trying to focus on the positives Tom Walsh There, that's me focused on the positives.— Graeme Findlay (@FindlayGraeme) March 17, 2015
Majorly impressed by young Tom Walsh for Rangers, never seen a more 2 footed player at the club. Has everything. #baller— Stewart Brydon (@sbrydon23) March 17, 2015
I swear to god Tom Walsh is the next big player for Rangers— Dylan (@DylanRfc123) March 17, 2015
Wee tom Walsh player a the year already #rangers— CoatbridgePirate (@CoatbridgPirate) March 17, 2015
Only player shouting after that goal trying to motivate the players? Tom Walsh. Hasn't even played 2 full games yet.— Hollywood Ross D (@fghtffyrrss) March 17, 2015
Tom Walsh - the new Fleckadinho & Danni Wilson all rolled into one. £50m player and that's a bargain folks— stenoch (@z321120) March 17, 2015
Tom Walsh looks some player— Super Rangers News (@superrangers90) March 17, 2015