Rovers take Bolton midfielder Crawford on loan


On a busy night at Prenton Park, Tranmere moved to sign midfielder Ali Crawford on loan from League Two rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Crawford has been in the Bolton team this season including for the game against Rovers at Prenton Park last week. However, he has switched allegiances to Tranmere for the remainder of this campaign. 

The Scottish midfielder, 29, will add some competition for places in the heart of Keith Hill’s team following the departure of Ollie Banks to Barrow earlier this month. 

Until he decided to stay at Bolton last summer, Crawford has spent the last couple of years in League One with Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers. He left Bolton last summer only to re-join them days later despite interest from other League One clubs.

He is of course well-known to Keith Hill having played for him at Bolton last season and the Rovers boss was clearly pleased to have him on board. Hill told the Tranmere official club website: “Ali is very creative and he works exceptionally hard. He can press and play on the front foot and he can play as number ten or a number eight.

“He compliments our midfield. We needed to strengthen in that area of the pitch, to make sure that we have got the numbers and experience for the 21 league games that we have got remaining.”

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