Up until this season, Lewis Macleod had been our little secret to behold on a weekly basis. Ever since he was thrust into Rangers lineup out of necessity two years ago in Division Three, supporters have been keenly aware that Macleod may become a generational-type player.
Yes, Rangers are shown on national television way more than any other lower division side in the history of football – but the spotlight always seem to be diverted in other directions. He was our little indie-rock band playing inspired music in tiny clubs.
Well, now he’s going to break onto Top of the Pops.
Now he belongs to an entire nation.
Gordon Strachan’s surprise inclusion of Macleod into the Scotland squad for its upcoming matches with the Republic of Ireland & England is a transcending moment for the 20-year old. Plus, considering the context of the opponents – the spotlight couldn’t be any brighter.
Given that this is his first call-up it would be a surprise to see Macleod get any minutes in either of the matches. Strachan explained, “I’m looking forward to seeing him and working with him, we think it will be good for us to have him along. It’s beneficial for them because I like bringing them along because of the enthusiasm they bring to the squad. I want to find out if they can work with the squad as well and can they work in the systems we are trying to implement.”
“Instead of just being a name I get to find out what they are like, sit down and speak to them, and that will be beneficial when they come in next time so it’s not such a scary thing. If you ask the boys it’s not just to come along and make up the numbers, it’s come along and impress us.”
This is all part of the process of the maturation of Macleod – who is being groomed to become the legacy player of Rangers rise back to the top of Scottish football.
Now, can we just quarantine him during the January transfer period – all this attention may add him to a few more team’s radars.