Rangers youngster Ben Williamson enjoyed an excellent campaign out on loan with Arbroath last season and he could be the man to replace Steven Davis in Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox in the future.
The 19-year-old, who is yet to make a senior appearance at Rangers, was sent out on his first loan spell away from Ibrox in January to join Championship side Arbroath, where he was a regular in Richard Campbell’s side.
He made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Gayfield Park outfit, contributing one goal and helping Arbroath to a seventh-placed finish in the Championship.
The fact that he started every single league game for Arbroath following his January loan switch emphasises just how much he impressed Campbell and his coaching staff, which certainly bodes well for his future at Ibrox.
Next season could prove to be a make or break one for Williamson, as the contract he signed in January will expire at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, so he will need to continue to show off his potential if he wants to extend his stay with Rangers again in the near future.
Gerrard will have plenty of options available to him in central midfield next season, especially with Nnamdi Ofoborh also joining the club this summer, so it is difficult to see where Williamson fits in.
However, he is clearly well-regarded at Ibrox, with former academy coach Kevin Thomson full of praise for the youngster in November of last year as he said: “I thought Ben Williamson was a mountain in the middle of the pitch as well doing the dirty work, the stuff that people don’t know but I know because I used to do it myself so I am delighted for the boys.”
Whilst next season could come too soon for Williamson, his performances this term suggest that he has a bright future with the Gers, and perhaps he could be the man to step up when Davis ultimately retires.
The 36-year-old midfielder was rewarded with a new one-year contract at Rangers earlier this year after playing a key role in the title win, but unfortunately he can’t play forever and retirement could well be on the cards at the end of next season.
Therefore, if Williamson can impress out on loan or even on the fringes of Rangers’ squad next season, then there seems no reason why he can’t become a regular at Ibrox in the near future.