Gray returns to Livi after two month loan spell

DIMINUTIVE midfielder Ross Gray has returned to parent club Livingston after a successful two month loan spell with Berwick Rangers.

Gray initially joined the Shielfield Park outfit on a month’s loan deal in October. The agreement was extended by a further month, during which time he became a regular in the team, helping caretaker manager Ian Little achieve a three-match winning streak in November.

But the deal expired last week, and with Livingston reluctant to extend the arrangement further as they have injury worries of their own, Gray has now returned to Almondvale.

A statement on Berwick’s official website this week said:

“After his second month of the Emergency Temporary Transfer ended yesterday (December 10) Ross Gray has returned to his parent club Livingston.

“In an ideal world both clubs would have liked this to have extended into a third month but due to Livingston having several injury problems it was unable to happen. Berwick wish to place on record their thanks to all at Livi for their assistance in getting Ross Gray to Berwick for the past two months where he has been very popular.”

Berwick’s third division game at Peterhead on Saturday was postponed because of the weather. The game was an early victim of the wintry blast which swept Scotland at the end of last week, with a referee calling the game off following a pitch inspection on Friday afternoon. It has now be re-arranged for next Tuesday (December 20).

Rangers now take on high-flying Alloa at Shielfield on Saturday. The Recreation Park side are just one point behind leaders Annan and Berwick will be hoping that they can bounce back to winning ways following their 2-0 home defeat against Clyde a fortnight ago.

Central defender Chris McLeod is still sidelined with a groin injury, which means Chris Townsley and Andy McLean are likely to form the central defensive partnership. Steven Thomson, who has played so well this season, but was on the bench for the Clyde game, is in line for a possible recall.