Rangers manager Steven Gerrard may need to start thinking about what his midfield will look like beyond the end of the current campaign.
Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo have both been the subject of transfer speculation, from Arsenal and Crystal Palace respectively, and that could leave the Gers in need of a central midfielder to bolster their first team squad next summer should one, or both, of those depart.
Whilst Ross Wilson could dip into the transfer market to provide a readymade replacement, Gerrard could unearth a current Ibrox gem in youngster Ben Williamson, who is currently on loan at Livingston.
Williamson could be Rangers’ new Charlie Adam if Gerrard is able to successfully integrate him into the first team for the 2022/23 Premiership campaign.
He turned 20 earlier this year and has already accumulated experience in the Championship and Premiership with Arbroath and Livingston on loan. Adam also experienced loan spells after coming through the academy at Ibrox before becoming a first team regular, playing 77 games for the club.
Williamson has admitted his admiration for the former Gers beast. He played against the veteran whilst on loan at Arbroath last season and made it clear that he takes inspiration from the former Liverpool man, saying: “We had a good battle on the pitch and I need to take everything he said to me on board. He’s been to the very top of football and that’s where I want to go as well.
“Charlie’s an inspiration for me, 100 per cent. I like the way he handles himself. He realises he doesn’t need to try and do the hard thing all of the time, he just does the simple things so well that he makes them look easy.
“I take everything Charlie has done in his career on board and try to work it into my game.”
This suggests that he could have a similar playstyle to the Scotland international in midfield, keeping things simple and making the play tick over. He could control the middle of the park for the Gers if he is able to put his words into action on the pitch.
Livingston boss David Martindale has claimed that the youngster has a big career ahead of him and thanked Rangers for allowing him to leave on loan.
He said: “I really believe he has a great future in the game and I’m happy to get him on board here. Ben hasn’t long made his Scotland U21 debut which tells you the quality the lad possesses. I must say a big thank you to Rangers Football Club, Ben and his agent Pete Cormack for working with us to make the deal happen.”
This suggests that Williamson has the potential to deliver on the pitch for Rangers in the future and become the new Charlie Adam. Therefore, Gerrard must unleash him in pre-season next summer to see if he has what it takes to make the step up.
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