Over the past season & a half, Rangers youngster Calum Gallagher has scored seven goals in thirteen matches, six of which have been while out on loan. He scored two last season in League Two for East Stirling & has tallied four in nine matches so far in 2014 for Cowdenbeath.
Last season, Gallagher only played 220 minutes of first team football for a Rangers club that won League One by 39 points.
With Gallagher firmly buried beyond an aging front line in Ally McCoist’s depth chart – Gallagher, like Barrie McKay before him, has expressed a desire to stay out on loan if it means he will get first team football.
After scoring the winning goal in this past weekend’s 1-0 Cowdenbeath victory, Gallagher told The Courier – “Playing regularly in a good standard of football is really helping develop my game, and I would be happy to stay here if that is what Rangers and Cowdenbeath agree.”
It is understandable that Gallagher & McKay are willing to bypass a return to Rangers knowing they have little chance of playing time outside of U20 games. If anything, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the duo seek a permanent move away from Rangers given the success of former teammate Charlie Telfer – who has been among the catalysts for Dundee United’s recent return to form.
For Rangers, Telfer was only good enough to play 23 minutes of first team football last season…in League One…in a league basically clinched by Christmas.
Gallagher is driven to help Cowdenbeath move out of the relegation zone & is talking like a player ready to be a key component in their hopes for success. Much like another Rangers outcast, Kane Hemmings, was able to do last season.
“The feeling in the dressing room has been that we had been unlucky not to take anything from our matches with Rangers, Hibs & Raith Rovers, & we knew that this was a must-win game,” explained Gallagher.
“While it is three points we know we need a lot more wins in the coming months to get into the safe position we feel we are good enough to achieve.”
It is safe to assume that, unless there is a change in management for Rangers, that Cowdenbeath will try to convince Ally McCoist to let the youngster stay with the Blue Brazil for the rest of the season.
Lastly, it is interesting to note that Gallagher has as many league goals as Kenny Miller & Nicky Clark this season; he has doubled Kris Boyd’s league tallies.
The 20-year old is under contract with Rangers until the end of next season.