RANGERS have today extended the contract of midfielder Jordan Thompson for another year as he continues his development at the club.

Northern Irish midfielder Thompson, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Raith Rovers has put pen to paper on a contract extension until May 2018

He will rejoin the Kirkcaldy side until the end of this season to continue his development and gain the required football which will see him return and compete for a place in the first team next season.

The 20 year old, who joined the club last season after a spell at Manchester United, played seven games on loan in the second half of last season at Airdrieonians, scoring one goal.

This season, he has featured for the first team against East Stirling in the League Cup group stage and has played nineteen times for Raith, scoring one goal so far.

The club can also confirm that defender David Bates has joined on a permanent basis from Raith Rovers.

The defender had been on loan from parent club Raith since early August, playing a number of times for the Rangers Development squad whilst continuing his development on the fringes of the first team squad.

He also featured for the first team in the pre-season friendly with Linfield in Belfast and has join the club permanently until May 2018. Scott Roberts, who has been on loan at Raith this season will move in the other direction to Stark’s Park on a permanent basis.

Gers goalkeeper Liam Kelly who has been in excellent form out on loan at Livingston, will also extend his loan deal at the Tony Macaroni Arena until May 2017. Kelly has played twenty five games whilst out on loan at Livingston this season already and is progressing well.

Sam Jamieson and Kieran Wright have both also agreed to extend their development loans with Stirling University and Gala Fairydean respectively.

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