So it turns out that Max Lowe isn’t just a fine left-back. The Derby County youngster is also more than capable on the right-hand side too.
Stepping in for the injured Jayden Bogle for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash away at Scunthorpe United, Lowe looked set for a tough evening on the opposite flank. But Derby fans needn’t have worried.
The 22-year-old proved himself to be more than capable in an unfamiliar role and Derby supporters flocked to Twitter to praise his adaptability, even if his fellow full-back Lee Buchanan stole the headlines by scoring the only goal of the game on his senior debut.
Bielik, Knight, Buchanan & Shinnie all has impressive debuts. Thought Lowe did well out of position at RB. Impressive cameos from Sibley & Whittaker towards the end. You love to see it! #dcfc #dcfcfans— Nick van der Birch (@BirchyN85) August 13, 2019
Youngsters excellent tonight! Jason Knight different class - unbelievable performance. Buchanan was very good and what a finish! Bielik was like a Rolls Royce. Max Lowe excellent at RB too. Great to see Sibley & Whittaker getting debuts too. Great night all round. #dcfc #dcfcfans— DCFC Football (@derbycountyf) August 13, 2019
Knight and Lowe by far the best of the bunch....didn’t realise Bennett was playing ♂️ #dcfc— Scott H (@scotthammond1) August 13, 2019
Max Lowe impressive last night once again.— Smithy (@LiveSmithy93) August 14, 2019
Max Lowe could be a better RB than he is LB— Mark van den Steward (@marktheram7) August 13, 2019
While Lowe stood out, performing admirably in testing circumstances, Celtic fans were forced to witness a defensive horror show at Parkhead.
After just seven games in Celtic colours, Neil Lennon appears to have already lost faith with the erratic Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, starting influential midfielder Callum McGregor at left-back instead in a crucial Champions League qualifier. To say that decision backfired would be an understatement.
McGregor was all at sea as The Hoops exited Europe's premiere club competition in humiliating fashion, losing 4-3 at home in the qualifiers to CFR Cluj. The Kieran Tierney-shaped hole in Celtic's defence could hardly have been more pronounced.
The Daily Record reported before that fateful seven-goal thriller that Celtic were keen to bring former Aberdeen loanee Lowe back to Scotland and there’s little doubt that the jet-heeled Englishman would have done a better job than McGregor against rather limited Romanian opposition.
But with Phillip Cocu planning for life without Bogle for the next few weeks at least, don’t expect Derby to help Celtic out before the end of August.
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