Peter Lovenkrands names Rangers' standout performer against Burnley

Glasgow Rangers'  Danish Peter Lovenkrands celebrates his goal   during their  Champions league second leg football match at Madrigal  stadium of Villarreal. 07 March 2006. AFP PHOTO

Glasgow Rangers' reserves came from 2-0 down to record a draw, and Peter Lovenkrands has named his pick of the bunch from the Ibrox youngsters.

Liam Burt of Dumbarton during to the Irn Bru Cup Semi-Final match between The New Saints and  Dumbarton at Park Hall on February 17, 2018 in Oswestry, England.

Peter Lovenkrands has told Rangers' official website that Liam Burt was the Gers' standout performer as their reserve side produced a fantastic turnaround to earn a 2-2 draw earlier this week.

The Light Blues looked to be heading for a disappointing defeat at Burnley's training ground on Tuesday as they went two goals down. However, Rangers would secure a draw as Andrew Dallas scored from the penalty spot after being brought down inside the box, before Nathan Patterson bagged the equaliser less than 10 minutes into the second-half.


And while Lovenkrands was full of praise for Patterson's performance, he also reserved plenty of praise for Burt's display - though he insisted that he now expects more from the midfielder anyway.


“Nathan Patterson, who was playing at left-back when normally he’s a right-back, also had a really good game," he told the club's official website. “The way he linked up play for his goal was brilliant and he then finished it off with a great finish.

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“So Nathan was really good and I thought Liam Burt was a standout as well. He was excellent, but of course he is one of the older ones and you expect that bit more from him. Overall it was a really good performance from the boys.”

These next few months appear to be important for the 20-year-old. While he is being praised by Lovenkrands, he may well feel that the pressure is on to get himself onto Steven Gerrard's radar in the near future if he wishes to forge a successful career for himself at Ibrox.

Unfortunately, the pecking order for a place in central midfield for the first-team is extensive. The likes of Greg Docherty and Jordan Rossiter are looking to make an impact out on loan, while Ross McCrorie has struggled to earn himself game-time recently despite impressing throughout this season.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

And with Rangers arguably needing a flawless run until the end of the season if they hope to set up a title race in the Scottish Premiership, Gerrard will probably not be rolling the dice too often with his team selections between now and the summer. 

The challenge ahead may be a tough one, but Burt is clearly threatening to knock on the door by impressing when he features for the reserves. 

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