Former English Premier League defender Chris Makin has expressed high praise for teenage Rangers striker Charlie Lindsay, saying that the youngster reminds him of Wayne Rooney.
The Light Blues starlet excelled for the club’s under-17 side at the recent Alkass Cup in Qatar, being named MVP for the tournament and finishing as its joint-top scorer with six goals, helping the ‘Gers to finish fifth at the international competition. [via The Scottish Sun]
He was the only Rangers player named in the official team of the tournament, which was dominated by players from Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain despite Real Madrid winning the competition, and ex-Sunderland and Southampton defender Makin waxed lyrical about Lindsay after his performances in the Middle East.
He wrote: “I don’t think anyone has had a tournament like him. Joint top scorer heading into the last
day, and a natural finisher, he reminds me so much of Wayne Rooney. Lindsay gets in on the left of this team, allowing him to cut in, which we’ve seen him do so well in this tournament, although he’s shown he can play anywhere across the front line.” [https://internationalcup.alkass.net/, via The Scottish Sun]
The comparison with Rooney is not one that Makin should make lightly, considering the Derby veteran’s glittering career. The 34-year-old is the all-time leading scorer for both Manchester United and England, with 363 goals in his club and international career, and he has five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown to his name.
However, Lindsay would not have drawn comparisons with the England veteran were it not for his displays at the Alkass Cup, where he captained the Light Blues’ under-17 side and scored a sensational free kick in a dramatic 4-4 draw against the Aspire Academy, during which he also set up his team’s late equaliser (as per Daily Record). He won four man of the match awards in total during the tournament, hinting at the scale of his potential.
One potential ambition for the 15-year-old in terms of emulating Rooney could be to make a first team debut at 16 just as the Derby striker did for Everton (against Tottenham in 2002). However, for the Rangers youngster to even be mentioned in the same breath as the 34-year-old by Makin illustrates how exciting a prospect he seems, and it’s not totally unjustified based on his outstanding performances in Qatar.
Rangers fans, what did you make of Makin comparing Lindsay with Rooney? Does that comparison excite you or do you fear it could burden the youngster with excessive expectation? Join in the discussion by commenting below!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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