Livingston manager David Martindale has detailed his admiration for Rangers midfielder Ben Williamson on loan for the season and admitted that the deal to sign him has been done for six weeks.
The midfielder caught the eye on a temporary move to Arbroath last season and Martindale wants to repay Rangers‘ faith in him by sending the teen back to Ibrox a better player.
Williamson trained with Livi earlier this summer before heading back to Rangers for pre-season and he should be regularly challenging for first-team action for Martindale’s side this season.
“The deal has been done for about six weeks,” Martindale told the West Lothian Courier.
“He was training with us for a couple of weeks because we came back before Rangers, but he went back to them when they started their pre-season.
“I know his agent really well and I saw him a few times at Arbroath. I was there about six times last season watching Jack, and Ben always stood out
“The first time he caught my eye was actually on the telly when they were playing Dundee and he was mixing it with big Osman Sow. I loved the fact he was only 18 at the time and showed no fear.
“He looks after the ball and is a talent. I spoke to Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard as well as Dick Campbell at Arbroath a lot and they all gave glowing recommendations.
“I think he’s going to compete every single week for a starting place in the team but he’ll play a lot of football for us whether that’s starting or off the bench.
“I want to send him back to Rangers a better player.”
Williamson has a massive future ahead at Rangers
After winning Arbroath’s Young Player of the Year last season, despite only signing in January, Williamson made a fantastic transition from youth games to senior football.
The chance to play in the top-flight should really help him develop and return to Rangers ready to challenge for a place in the side.
After successful loan stints for the likes of Robby McCrorie, Ryan Hardie, Liam Kelly and Jordan Thompson, Williamson will be hoping to catch the eye at the Tony Macaroni Arena.