We are delighted to confirm two loan transactions have been completed this afternoon. Firstly, arriving at Stark’s Park on a Development Loan until January, is 19 year old Rangers attacking midfielder Jordan Thompson. Jordan was previously on the books of Manchester United as a youth player and the Ibrox club was very happy to win the race for his signature last summer.

The Northern Ireland Under 19 player is very highly regarded by the Ibrox management team, and his progress to becoming a member of the Premiership side’s first team squad is clear evidence that he is seen by Mark Warburton and David Weir as a potential emerging star.

Manager Gary Locke has been pursuing this final piece of the jigsaw for this season’s squad for some time and is very pleased to finally get his man. “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.”

Meanwhile, moving in the other direction is promising Rovers central defender David Bates (also 19) who joins Rangers’ Development Squad for the same period. This is an excellent opportunity for him to further develop his skills in the highly competitive environment of the Premiership side’s Under 20s. Gaffer Locke commented, “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 on how he is performing.”

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