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Rangers in talks over extending loans

Raith boss Gary Locke wants to keep Scott Roberts & Jordan Thompson at Stark’s Park

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Rangers have begun talks with Raith Rovers over extending the loans of Jordan Thompson and Scott Roberts until the end of the season. Both players have been regulars in the Raith squad with Thompson starting 13 of his 15 appearances so far while Roberts has made featured 13 times, scoring once.

Northern Ireland U21 international Thompson moved to Ibrox in 2015 from Manchester United and is entering the last six months of his Ibrox contract. After initially impressing enough at Rangers to earn a number of first team appearances, Thompson then spent some time on loan at Airdrie last season before joining Raith in the summer.

As part of the deal that saw Thompson move to Kirkcaldy, young defender David Bates moved in the opposite direction on a similar deal. Bates has featured consistently for Graeme Murty’s U20 side and may also see his loan renewed.

Roberts has yet to make a senior appearance for Rangers although won plaudits for his performances in the U20 side last season, scoring regularly for the development side, before heading to Fife in July. The 20-year-old has struggled for goals for Gary Locke’s side but his performances have clearly impressed his temporary boss.

Liam Kelly (Livingston), Ryan Sinnamon (Annan) Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie (both St. Mirren) also see their loans expire soon and there’s been no word if any will be extended beyond January however all three have featured regularly for their respective clubs and should likely see their loan deals renewed.