Rangers midfielder Ben Williamson is on the verge of joining Livingston on loan, according to a report, as he looks to build on his impressive stint at Arbroath last season.
According to the Daily Record, the teenager will head to the Tony Macaroni Arena, likely for the duration of the campaign as David Martindale begins his first full season in charge with veteran midfielder Marvin Bartley taking up the reins as his assistant – possibly opening the door for Williamson to regularly start.
Williamson wowed while at Gayfield last season, picking up Arbroath’s Young Player of the Season award and earning a maiden call-up to the Scotland under-21 squad.
The midfielder recently admitted that he expected to head back out on loan after the summer and the chance to play in the Premiership and continue his impressive development before challenging for a place in the squad at Rangers the following campaign, telling Rangers TV: “I will probably go out on loan again in the new season to get more experience. Arbroath weren’t a full-time team so it would be good to go somewhere and train every day.
“I want to pick up as much experience as I can to keep progressing.
“Hopefully the season after that I can try and push myself into the first-team plans at Rangers more but, and I keep saying it, you have to keep working as hard on your game as you can and that’s what I will do.
The 19-year-old made 18 appearances for Dick Campbell’s side while on loan, scoring once, as the Red Lichties maintained their place in the Championship.
Rangers have a bit of history with sending players on loan to Livingston with Liam Kelly, Ryan Hardie and Robby McCrorie all spending time in West Lothian in recent seasons.
Getting regular minutes in the Premiership will be a massive step forward for Williamson as he looks to force his way into the first-team picture at Rangers in the future.