Rangers prospect Ben Williamson is hoping to impress Giovanni van Bronckhorst after sealing a loan switch to Raith Rovers [The Courier].
Williamson was involved in Rangers pre-season under Steven Gerrard before joining Livingston on loan.
His time at the Tony Macaroni didn’t go to plan, though, and he was recalled ahead of the opening of the transfer window after making just seven appearances across all competitions.
The Fife-born midfielder officially joined Raith on New Years Day on loan until the end of the season, in a transfer John McGlynn described as a ‘major coup’.
He made his debut in a derby against Dunfermline on Sunday, playing 68 minutes of a 0-0 draw, and he’s keen to kick on over the coming weeks and months with the aim of catching Gio’s eye.
“I want to get under the gaffer’s nose at Rangers,” said the 20-year-old [The Courier]. “Playing here at Raith will do that because they are a good footballing side. That will help me.”
“Billy Kirkwood is my loans manager and I’m always in touch with him. He’ll tell me what the gaffer’s saying. I need to do well here and hopefully show that I’m good enough.
“I need to play, get minutes under my belt and earn more experience; do well and impress them, basically.”
Big few months ahead for Williamson
Williamson is under contract at Ibrox until the end of next season but how he fares between now and the end of this campaign could play a big part in determining his future.
He’s performed before in the Championship, winning the Young Player of the Year award at Arbroath last season despite only spending half of the campaign at Gayfield Park.
And now he needs to rediscover that kind of form as Raith push for promotion.
With several senior Rangers midfielders soon to be out of contract, if Williamson can consistently stand out at Stark’s Park, it could convince Gio to bring him into the Rangers first-team fold next season.