Livingston have confirmed the signing of Rangers academy product Ben Williamson on a season-long loan deal after the youngster penned a new deal at Ibrox until 2023.
The cinch Premiership champions are keen to get Williamson more experience following a loan move to Championship side Arbroath last term. A Scotland U21s midfielder, Williamson swaps Ibrox for David Martindale’s Livingston ahead of the 2021/22 league campaign, the West Lothian side facing Rangers on the opening day.
Williamson goes straight into Livingston’s squad for their second Premier Sports Cup group stage match against Alloa Athletic, having beaten Brechin City 3-0 on Saturday. A Livingston statement reads: “Livingston is delighted to announce the loan signing of Ben Williamson on a season-long-loan from Premiership champions Rangers.
“The 19-year-old spent the second-half of last season on-loan at Arbroath, alongside Jack Hamilton and Carlo Pignatiello, and helped the Red Lichties to survival in the Championship, featuring 18 times. His form there was so impressive that he was called up to the Scotland U21 side in June.
“The youngster has been with Rangers for 12 years, ending last season training with the first-team after winning the Young Player of the Year award at Arbroath too. On joining Arbroath in January, Ben had signed a contract extension with Rangers, seeing him remain with the club until 2022.
“Steven Gerrard has rewarded his progress whilst at Arbroath with a further extension today, which will see him remain with the Govan club until 2023. Ben will be available for Saturday’s Premier Sports Cup group clash with Alloa Athletic and will wear the number 12 shirt for the season ahead.”
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