Rangers prospect Ciaran Dickson, who is highly rated by Steven Gerrard, has secured a loan move to Queen of the South until the end of the season [Qosfc.com].

Dickson has progressed through the age groups at the Academy and played a big role for the Colts and U20s in their Challenge Cup and UEFA Youth League runs last season.

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Dickson in UEFA Youth League action against Atletico Madrid. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old was brought up to train with the first team earlier this campaign and after impressing the coaching staff, he made his senior debut in a League Cup fixture against Falkirk, while he also made the bench for four Europa League group stage matches.

Now, though, the time has come for him to receive regular playing time, and he has joined in-form Championship club Queen of the South.

“Ciaran clearly has a big future in the game so we are delighted to have him join the squad for the rest of the season,” said QoS boss Allan Johnston [Qosfc.com]. “He has been in and around the Rangers first team and has been gaining experience but coming on loan with the chance of regular first-team football will hopefully benefit both him as a player and us as a club.”

“We have established a good working relationship with Rangers and we are grateful to them for letting the loan deal happen.”

Falkirk v Rangers - Betfred Cup
Rangers midfielder Dickson, who Steven Gerrard rates highly, has secured his first-ever loan exit from the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dickson is now the fourth young Gers player to head out on loan to Palmerston Park, with defenders James Maxwell and Rhys Breen and forward Dapo Mebude already there.

Earlier in the season, QoS looked set for a relegation battle, but after winning their last three matches, they are fifth in the table and only outside the playoff spots on goal difference.

Dickson could make his debut away at Arbroath on Saturday afternoon.

In QoS’s last fixture, Mebude drew a foul from a fellow Rangers loanee which led to the first red card of his senior career.

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