RANGERS attacking midfielder Scott Roberts has joined Championship side Raith Rovers on loan until January.
The 20-year-old, who was in the Light Blues’ Development Squad last season, will be looking to gain first-team experience at Stark’s Park, working under manager Gary Locke.
Scott is available for selection and could feature for Raith in their Betfred Cup match at home to Montrose this evening.
Head of Academy Craig Mulholland said:
“This is an important loan for Scott and his development. In order to get young players best prepared for our first team we need to change the experiences they traditionally get in Scottish football.
“At age 19 and 20 the Development League is not the best vehicle for a player’s development.
“Playing three seasons of 20’s football and amassing 60 appearances in the Development League does not best prepare you for playing in front of 50,000.
“Players such as Scott need the challenge of first-team football and the competitive nature of the Championship this year will be good for him.
“We will use the Development League for our 16, 17 and 18-year-olds and combine this with overseas ‘best v best’ challenges like they will receive at their upcoming tournaments in South Africa and Holland.
“In fact our 20’s group this year will have no 20’s, it will have around six 19’s and the rest will be made up of 18’s and 17’s. It is this group who will also play in the Challenge Cup.
“These challenges will be appropriate for this age and stage of player, motivate them and will kick them on.
“Once they get to the 19 to 21 age banding, Scott’s age, we need to give them as challenging loan experiences as possible, either in this country, down south or even overseas. That way they can come back much more prepared and equipped to challenge our established first-team players for a place in the Rangers team.
“While they are out on loan we will cover their games in person and will analyse all of the video footage of their games one on one with the player.
“Our Performance Prep team will also give them specific individual programmes for them to complete to continue their physical development which is critical at this stage. We wish Scott well and look forward to seeing how he performs in the Championship.”