By Richard Parks
Martyn Waghorn has sent his best wishes on Twitter to Rangers attacking midfielder Liam Burt after he agreed to join Scottish Championship side Dumbarton on an emergency transfer.
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 second-tier club.
— Dumbarton FC (@Dumbartonfc) February 16, 2018
Waghorn, who quit Rangers last summer to join English Championship outfit Ipswich Town, where he has scored 10 goals and supplied nine assists from 32 matches in all competitions this season, took to his personal Twitter account to say “good luck” to his former teammate.
Good luck @LiamBurt10 ????????
— Martyn Waghorn (@Mwaghorn_9) 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. He is also clearly a popular player at Rangers, given the good luck messages from the likes of Waghorn, who is no longer at the club and who was far more senior than teenager Burt during his time at Ibrox.