RANGERS’ Under-19 side went down to a ten-man Sevilla side in a bad-tempered clash in Dumbarton as their Uefa Youth League journey came to an end.
The match was played out on the badly-damaged surface at the C & G Systems Stadium in Dumbarton, where the Gers B team recently saw a match postponed when sand on the surface was found to have been contaminated with glass.
While Lowry in particular caught the eye, Alvarez struck early in the second half to take this tie away from David McCallum’s men.
And the young Gers were unable to capitalise as Sevilla played out the last 25 minutes of the match with just ten men after the dismissal of Sevilla’s Marcelo Exposito Jimenez.
He clashed heads with Lowry in a feisty exchange in midfield with Dutch referee Allard Lindhout having no hestitation in sending the Spaniard off.
In all, he booked eight players and sent off one – with King escaping with a yellow card in a fiery confrontation with Alvarez just before the final whistle.
Ultimately it is the Spaniards who make it into the last 16 ahead of next week’s draw.
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King revealed during the transfer window that he never had any intention of quitting Rangers for England.
Premier League big guns were circling for the 17-year-old Ibrox stopper as he entered the last six months of his deal.
But after agreeing a new contract until 2024, highly-rated King said staying at Rangers was his priority from the start.
He told SunSport: “It’s always been Rangers for me.
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“I have been a fan all my life. I was just focused on the job I had to do here and getting into the manager’s plans.
“I was delighted to sign the new deal and get into the first-team squad.”
Lowry grabbed his maiden goal for the club in a Scottish Cup win against Stirling Albion – and impressed as the Gers ran out Premiership winners against Livingston.
Lowry insisted he can take a lot from his time in and around the first team.
He named three players who he picked up tips from and admits he’s desperate to stay involved with the senior squad so that he can learn from Aaron Ramsey during his time in Glasgow.
Lowry said: “It’s been crazy but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
RANGERS: Hogarth, Devine, McClelland, King, Fraser, Lindsay (Weston, 52), Miller, McKinnon, Lowry, McCausland (Lyall, 71), Ure (Wilson,80)
SUBS: Budinauckas, Allen, Yfeko, Allan.
SEVILLA: Flores Lopez, Mancheno Vagras, Martinez Macias, Benavides Fuentes, Salas Valiente, Exposito Jimenez, Zarzana (Guzman Alonso, 89), Juanlu (Agilera Barroso, 85), Fernandez Gomez, Alvarez, Fernandez Talaveron.
SUBS: Gonzalez Romero, Riviera Cruz, Salguero, Bueno Sebastian, Gonzalez Macho.
REFEREE: Allard Lindhout
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rogier Honig and Patrick Inia
FOURTH OFFICIAL: David Dickinson
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