Rangers Loan Report: “Luca needs to have more first team time”

Luca Gasparotto

Luca Gasparotto, Airdrie

Colin Patterson spoke with Airdrie manager Gary Bollan ahead of Gasparotto’s debut with the club.  Airdrie will throw out a brand new center-half pairing as Gasparotto is expected to line up aside Partick Thistle’s Ben Richards-Everton, who also joined the Diamonds on loan.

Bollan will rely on the duo through January when their loans run out.

Bollan told Patterson, “Luca is a highly-regarded kid and needs to have more first-team game time.”

“We will provide that platform for him.  He is a different sort to Ben.  He likes to get the ball down and is really pacy.”

“Luca likes to head the ball and dominate his area and that’s what you want from your centre-halves.  Both these lads can play and we’re excited by the prospect of them playing together in whatever shape we go with at the back.”

Gary Bollan, courtesy of Robert Dalzell

“I think they will be both up for the challenge of League One football and looking to impress their parent clubs.  They will be watched by people from their own clubs.”

“If loan signings don’t show what they can do at a lower level, then there is no realistic chance of them going back and getting games for their parent clubs.”

“So it is vitally important that they show a good attitude and a willingness to play.  I’m more than sure the two lads we’ve brought in will aim to do well at Airdrie and look to go forward at their parent clubs.”

Gasparotto is slotted to make his debut against another Rangers teammate as Airdrie takes on Robbie Crawford’s Morton side on Saturday.

Robbie Crawford, courtesy of SNS

Robbie Crawford, Morton

Chris Jack of The Evening Times interviewed Crawford following Morton’s Petrofac Training Cup loss to Alloa Athletic.

Crawford discussed his first match with his hometown team & how it was his idea to leave Rangers on a loan in order to get first team experience.

“The first game didn’t go as I would have hoped, but I am sure we will bounce back as a team and it will be a successful season for us.  I thought Morton was the right fit for me. I’m a local lad and they are a full-time club, so I will spend all my time here. I want to get to know the boys, help them win games and return a better player.”

“It has been tough to get in the team at Rangers, but this gives me a chance to get some games and more experience.”

“I only thought about going out on loan in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window really.  I discussed it with the gaffer, Ally McCoist, and he agreed with me.”

“The manager does have a big squad, but you never know what can happen.  It is up to us to prove we are good enough when we go out on loan and show him what we can do.  That is what we are planning to do.”

Crawford is hopeful that his loan stint will give him the chance to prove his value.  In 2013-14, Barrie McKay & Kyle McAusland spent much of their seasons out on loan trying to do the same.  Unfortunately for them it did not necessarily work as planned given McKay has been sent out on loan again & McAusland has seemingly been ostracized from the first team.

“It is up to us when we are out on loan to show the manager that we are good enough to get in the first team at Rangers.  He has shown he will play the younger boys, so it is up to us to show that we deserve it.”

“It is all about learning.  This is a new experience for me.  I am sure it will benefit me when I go back.”

“Playing week in, week out is better than being in and out of a team.  It is something I am looking forward to.  Hopefully I can have success at Morton.”

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