Barry Ferguson swoops in to take Rangers youngster on loan

Craig Halkett, courtesy of SNS

Rangers center back Craig Halkett  has joined Barry Ferguson’s Clyde on a loan deal until January.  Clyde would also have an option to extend the loan.  Halkett became the sixth Rangers player set out on loan on a very busy Saturday at Ibrox.

In case you missed any of the action…here’s the recap:

  • Calum Gallagher joined Cowdenbeath
  • Danny Stoney joined Stranraer
  • Luca Gasparotto joined Airdrie
  • Robbie Crawford joined Morton
  • Tom Walsh joined Stenhousemuir

The 19-year old Halkett joins a Clyde team that is off to a decent start to their League Two campaign.  After three matches, Ferguson’s team has four points & an even goal differential.  While the team was decimated by Rangers 8-1, they are currently sixth in the league table with a match in hand.

Ferguson told the club’s official site, “Craig Halkett is an aggressive centre half and he will give us competition in that area, which we want in every position.”

“I’m still in discussion with other potential signings that we can complete after today.  I’m still hoping to bring in another two or three, including a defender and a forward.”

Ally McCoist & Barry Ferguson, courtesy of PA

Back in 2012, Elfiideldo profiled Halkett for his Rangers Youth blog:

Joined Rangers from Boys Club football  as a striker, he has really blossomed since converting to central defence.  One of a group of promising central defenders at the club.  

Rangers clearly have adapted a more proactive approach in loaning out its youth players this season in order to get them some first team experience.  While some fans are frustrated to see young players leaving the club – the bright side is that players like Gallagher, Gasparotto, & Crawford may get the opportunity to prove their value elsewhere in order to work  their way back into Ally McCoist’s plans.  

 

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2 thoughts on “Barry Ferguson swoops in to take Rangers youngster on loan

  1. Clearly Rangers youth policy is a myth especially as so many young players are sent out on loan and then seem to disappear from the scene. Why does Ally say we have a youth policy when clearly we have not. 1 or 2 youngsters appear to make the grade, this is not good enough.Rangers should surely win the lower leagues without spending so much on so called seasoned players

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  2. They won’t win this league with Youth players! This is crunch season so the ‘heavy squad’ is required. All these lads will get good experience elsewhere and will come back a bit more battle-hardened. The gap between Youth level and SPFL Divs Championship, 1 & 2 is much wider than you think, particularly on the physical side. A mature 23+ year-old part-time player who fell just short of Premier standard is able to bounce 18/19/20 year old full-timers all over the place at first. But if the youngster really has it they will overcome the physical issues and develop more quickly.

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