Rangers loanee Ben Williamson has received special praise from adopted club Arbroath following an ‘outstanding’ display in a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers on Saturday afternoon [Arbroath FC Twitter].
Williamson signed a contract extension with the Gers in January before heading out to Gayfield Park for what is his first-ever loan spell.
Good luck, Ben. pic.twitter.com/WDrln9vUew
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) January 13, 2021
Given that he’s still a teenager, it would have been understandable if the midfielder took time to adjust to the demands of senior football.
However, he’s impressed right from the start and has helped Dick Campbell’s side to pull clear of danger in recent weeks.
Prior to Williamson’s arrival, the Red Lichties had only won once in the league and were looking set for the drop.
The table looks very different now, though, with Arbroath moving up to sixth as a result of a seven-match unbeaten run.
The Gers loanee has played close to every minute of those seven matches and his performances have really caught the eye.
He scooped the fans’ Man of the Match award following a draw with Dundee last month before making the SPFL Team of the Week for an impressive showing in a win over Greenock Morton.
The 19-year-old was at it again on Saturday afternoon, as Arbroath pulled off a surprise 1-0 home victory over promotion-chasing Raith Rovers.
After the game, Arbroath singled him out on Twitter, lauding his ‘outstanding’ individual showing.
Another outstanding performance in the middle of the park for @benwilliamsonnn and almost topping off an excellent performance with a goal as well, just denied by a brilliant save. pic.twitter.com/wY3IDBirOB
— Arbroath FC (@ArbroathFC) February 20, 2021
It’s been an extremely impressive first month or so for Williamson in the Championship and the Rangers Academy coaching staff must be delighted that he has hit the ground running.
He is one of several exciting young midfielders at the club, with 20-year-old Stephen Kelly currently on loan at Premiership side Ross County and 18-year-old Ciaran Dickson making his senior debut in a League Cup fixture against Falkirk earlier this season.
Williamson isn’t the only Gers loanee who impressed on Saturday, though, with a defender netting his first senior goal and a winger earning major praise from his adopted club’s supporters after notching his first assist.