By Richard Parks
Rangers have agreed to loan out attacking midfielder Liam Burt to Scottish Championship side Dumbarton on an emergency transfer, it has been confirmed.
Dumbarton revealed on their official Twitter account and website on Friday night that Burt, 19, has signed on a 28-day deal due to an injury crisis at the club.
— Dumbarton FC (@Dumbartonfc) February 16, 2018
Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken has secured the second out-of-window loan signing of a Rangers player this month after sealing a deal for versatile defender Aiden Wilson, who can play at centre-back or right-back, last week.
Former Rangers coach Ian Durrant, who is Aitken’s number two, is said to be a big admirer of Burt, who is predominantly an attacking midfielder.
The teenager has represented Scotland at international level from Under-16s through to Under-21s.
He has made three appearances for the Rangers first-team after making his debut as a sub in a 2-0 home win over Raith Rovers in the Championship in March 2016.
Burt joins Dumbarton as they sit ninth in the Championship and will be available to make his debut against Welsh side TNS in tonight’s Irn-Bru Cup semi-final.
Football Insider verdict:
A move to a club where he can play regular senior football is just what Burt needs at this stage of his career. Playing for the Rangers youth team is all well and good, but it is far better to be playing against senior pros who are more physical and will ask more questions of his technique and character. Burt is a highly promising player but he is a long way off the Gers first team following a blizzard of January arrivals and this is a sensible move for all parties as Dumbarton’s number two Durrant makes use of his Rangers contacts once again.
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