Rangers’ youngster Macleod sets 20 goal target

The Wishaw-born midfielder could fire the Gers a step closer to the SPFL.

Rangers have been given another reason to smile this week after teenage sensation Lewis Macleod pledged to deliver goals by the bucket-load to the Ibrox faithful. While the Gers remain free and clear at the top of the Scottish League One table with eight wins from eight, events off the field have conspired to overshadow the admirable efforts of the Teddy Bears.

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But this Sunday, fans and television viewers alike were afforded a glimpse of the kind of young talent currently coming through the ranks at the Glasgow club, with 19-year-old midfielder Macleod scoring a spectacular bicycle-kick to make it 2-0.

It was the stand-out moment in an otherwise drab encounter, but still showcased the abilities of the youngster, who has been on the books of the Ibrox club since the age of ten. And If Rangers are to make a winning return to the SPFL in the 2015-16 season, then Macleod could be the kind of player to build the team around.

In the meantime, the midfielder has already revealed to the Glasgow Evening Times that he has set himself a target of around 20 league goals this term: 'When I played at under-18 level I scored 18 goals one season,' he said.

'That is the most I have scored in a season. Hopefully I can beat that. I have made a good start.'

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Macleod has four goals in just seven games this term, though he will have to roll his sleeves up if he is to out-do veteran goalscorer Lee McCulloch, with the former Wigan man already notching up seven goals in the Scottish League One.

With Rangers averaging an impressive four goals a game domestically so far this term and near certainties to romp to the title, perhaps the claims of Macleod are not as outlandish as previously thought.

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