Rangers confirm departure of Lewis Budinauckas on loan
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Rangers confirm departure of Lewis Budinauckas on loan

Rangers have confirmed the temporary departure of young goalkeeper, Lewis Budinauckas, who has joined Civil Service Strollers on loan until the end of the season [Rangers Youth Academy].

The Gers have inserted a recall clause into the 18-year-old’s loan agreement, ensuring he can be brought back to the club in January, if required.

The Strollers play in the Lowland League and were sixth in the table when the 2019/20 campaign was ended due to the global health crisis.

Budinauckas is heading out for his first taste of senior football after representing Rangers at U20s and Colts level last season.

The teenage keeper played in four of the Gers’ UEFA Youth League matches, keeping a clean sheet in a second-round win over Slovan Bratislava in November 2019.

His finest moment in a Rangers shirt to date, though, came a week earlier in the Colts’ dramatic penalty shootout win over Solihull Moors in the Challenge Cup.

Lewis Budinauckas helped Graeme Murty’s Rangers Colts with shootout heroics. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The youngster conceded three goals in normal time but saved spot-kicks from Terry Hawkins and former Gers loanee Gael Bigirimana to see his team through to the quarter-finals.

Budinauckas has plenty of competition in the goalkeeping department at Rangers, with the likes of Kieran Wright and Nicky Hogarth also on the books at Academy level.

He is under contract until 2022, though, so while he will be looking to impress loans manager Billy Kirkwood across the season, his Gers future is already secure.