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Rangers youngster Ben Williamson hopes Raith loan can put him on radar of Giovanni van Bronckhorst

RANGERS youngster Ben Williamson is hoping his latest loan can catch the eye of manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

After impressing last season as part of the meteoric rise of Arbroath, Williamson spent the first part of this season on loan at Livingston. There his time was “stop-start” due to a mixture of Covid, being unable to pay against this parent club and a red card in his final match versus Dundee United – an experience he says he has learned from.

Now at Raith Rovers, he is hoping to get back on track. “I want to be under the gaffer’s nose at Rangers,” said Williamson. “I think being here will do that because it’s a good footballing side.

“I just need to prove I’m good enough to play in the Premiership. At Livi I didn’t really get the chance. I thought the games I played I did all right, but I just need to get back into it and enjoy it.

The 20-year-old admits he must “step up his game” if he is to reach his more immediate target of staying in contention for the Scotland under-21s, with four caps so far.

“I need to get back into it to stay under [manager Scot] Gemmill’s nose, do well here and get picked for the next game in March away against Kazakhstan.

“So I need to step up my game!”

Williamson, a Fifer who lives in Dunfermline, keeps regular contact with Rangers loans manager Billy Kirkwood.

He made his debut for the Raith in Sunday’s 0-0 Championship draw against his local club and impressed during his 68 minutes – his first appearance since October – getting stuck in where needed and making several forays up the right from his shuttling role.

“It was my first game in a wee while, but I thought I did alright. I was enjoying my football. Playing with a smile on my face.”

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