Rangers youngster Thompson confirms Ibrox depature, could he return to loan side?

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers youngster Jordan Thompson has confirmed he will be leaving Ibrox.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers youngster Jordan Thompson has confirmed he will leave parent club Rangers permanently on Twitter after failing to earn a new deal at Ibrox, so could a return to Livingston be on the cards?

The 21-year-old featured in 15 matches for Livi, including all four of their Scottish Premiership play-offs which saw them beat Dundee United over two legs before earning a place in the top flight over Partick Thistle.

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The former Manchester United trainee even provided an assist in Livi's 2-1 first-leg win over Thistle, as they join St. Mirren in gaining promotion to the top flight at Thistle and Ross County's expense.

Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

He posted on Twitter to confirm his Rangers departure, with his contract expiring in 10 days: "It is with a heavy heart my time has come to leave Glasgow Rangers, a club I've supported since I was a young boy. 

"I wish I had more of an opportunity to show more and go on to play for this great club. It was honestly a dream come true to wear the Royal Blue shirt in front of you at Ibrox. I have made some great memories at this club.

"To the fans, players and everyone who has supported me through my time at this club, I would like to thank you. Now onto the next chapter of my career."

Thompson thanked Livi and the club's fans for the second half of the season on Instagram, after an excellent second half to the campaign. 

"Back to back promotions for this football club," Thompson posted. "Honestly couldn’t think of a better group of boys to share a dressing room with. All the hard work has paid off and we deserve every last bit of praise we get.

"Thanks to Livingston for a great second half of the season, one I'll never forget."

With his current contract at Rangers set to expire, though, surely Thompson could indeed return to Livi this summer on a free transfer with a place in Steven Gerrard's squad a bridge too far?

The eight-time Northern Ireland Under-19 international has made three senior appearances for the Gers, but faces a whole host of central midfield talent ahead of him in the pecking order.

The likes of Graham Dorrans, Greg Docherty, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Jordan Rossiter and Ryan Jack sit above Thompson, meaning a new deal is likely to be overlooked. A return to Livi then, could be on the cards.

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