Rangers kid relishing ‘challenge’ of loan switch to Raith Rovers

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BY IAIN COLLIN –[email protected]_sport

RANGERS midfielder Jordan Thompson insists he is relishing the ‘challenge’ after joining Raith Rovers on loan in a swap deal that sees defender David Bates join the Ibrox club.

Thompson has played three times for the Rangers first-team, the most recent being in the Betfred Cup win over East Stirlingshire last month.

But, though the 19-year-old former Manchester United trainee is highly regarded by Mark Warburton, it is felt joining the Stark’s Park club is the best move for his fledgling career.

Gary Locke

The Northern Ireland under-19 cap tweeted: “Happy to have signed for Raith Rovers on a six-month loan deal. Looking forward to the challenge.”

Thompson is Gary Locke’s 11th signing since taking over from Ray McKinnon this summer and the Rovers boss is thrilled with his most recent acquisition, who made seven appearances on loan at Airdrie last season.

He said: “Jordan is an exciting young talent and I’m really delighted that Rangers have agreed to this deal as I’m sure he will prove to be a real handful for our opponents.”

Bates, who spent a short time on loan at Brechin City last season before being recalled because of injuries, is highly-rated by Raith and Locke insists the 19-year-old now has a wonderful chance to prove his credentials at Rangers.

Locke added: “I’m really pleased that young David is getting this opportunity. It’s his big chance to prove how good he can be, and I will be getting reports from Mark and David (Weir) on how he is performing.”

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