Rangers are set to recall Ben Williamson from his loan at Livingston on January 1, according to Football Scotland‘s Mark Hendry.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been limited to just four Premiership starts, and one further substitute appearance, at Almondvale this season. He hasn’t featured in any competition since 27 October, when he was sent off in first half stoppage time against Dundee United.
The £180,000-rated youngster hasn’t made a senior appearance for Rangers as yet, but he is under contract at Ibrox until 2023. He is currently earning £3,500 per week, the joint-highest wage in the Livingston squad.
Hendry reported for Football Scotland that Rangers will exercise their contractual option to recall Williamson. Tweeting a link to his article, he stated: “Ben Williamson set for Rangers recall as Livingston midfielder poised for Championship loan move”.
The report claimed that the Gers are likely to send the 20-year-old to Raith Rovers in a subsequent loan move. The process could be formally completed on the first day of the transfer window so that he is ready for Rovers’ derby clash with Dunfermline Athletic on 2 January.
It may not have worked out for Williamson at Livingston, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be regarded as a promising young talent. Indeed, he has featured five times for Scotland at under-21 level, most recently in November.
He will have hoped to establish himself at Premiership level but, as Hendry noted, he excelled for Arbroath in the second tier last term and could do so again with a move to Raith Rovers.
Rangers are clearly confident that it’s the best move for his development, hence their eagerness to process the move at the first opportunity.
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