Premiership club Livingston have agreed a season-long loan deal for young Rangers player Ben Williamson, according to Football Insider.

After impressing at B team level, Williamson signed a contract extension and spent the second half of last season on loan at Arbroath.

He took to senior football like a duck to water and scooped the Championship club’s Young Player of the Year award, despite his late arrival.

Now back at Rangers, he has spent the early stages of pre-season with the first-team, playing 45 minutes of the opening fixture against Partick Thistle and then making the bench for Saturday’s trip to Tranmere.

However, it was always likely that he’d be sent out on loan again at some point before the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign.


Last month, the Daily Record reported that Livingston were closing in on the 19-year-old and now, Football Insider are claiming that it’s a done deal.

It’s asserted that Steven Gerrard is keen for Williamson to get top-tier experience and therefore has given the green light to the proposed temporary move.

25/04/19 SCOTTISH YOUTH CUP FINAL .CELTIC v RANGERS .HAMPDEN PARK - GLASGOW .Rangers' Ben Williamson (right) holds off Celtic's Barry Coffey

Premiership club Livingston have reportedly agreed to sign promising Rangers player Ben Williamson on loan. (Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A Premiership loan is a step up for the young Gers prospect and, plastic pitch aside, Livingston looks a good fit for him.

The Lions finished sixth last season and David Martindale has mixture of young talent and experienced heads in the squad, while the relative success and stability of the club in recent times should provide an environment that’s conducive to development.

Williamson is only contracted until next summer, though, so an extension offer will have to be put forward by the Gers at some point during the season if they are to benefit from the improvements he makes in West Lothian.

One ‘really talented’ young player who left the club for good earlier this summer, is reportedly now attracting interest from Stoke City, Watford and Sunderland.

Have something to tell us about this article?