Rangers face competition to keep teenage defender Leon King at the club, according to a report, with Liverpool, Chelsea and RB Leipzig all thought to be looking at the 15-year-old.

King is yet to sign his first professional contract and will be able to do so when he turns 16 in January, with Rangers hopeful he will commit his long-term future to Ibrox, as reported by The Scotsman.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 30: Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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He has already been involved with the Development Squad under Graeme Murty and is very highly regarded by the coaching staff at the Hummel Training Centre.

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If King was to decide his future lay elsewhere, Rangers would be entitled to compensation for the Scotland youth international’s development so far and would land the Gers as much as £500,000.


King was an unused substitute in the midweek win over Slovan Bratislava in the UEFA Youth League as Murty’s side picked up a fantastic 2-0 first-leg win to leave them within touching distance of a single-game playoff to reach the last-16.

Murty spoke highly of King to Rangers News after the win at Firhill, saying: “He’s someone who is getting a lot of press now because he’s quite young but he’s there on merit. We don’t hesitate in pushing them forward if we think we can extend their learning and that’s what it’s about. It’s about making sure that Leon is challenged to the right level.


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 29: Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“There will be a time that he drops to his own age and we expect him to be the best player on the pitch, regardless of who else is on it. And there will be a time when he plays a couple of years up and we expect it to be a struggle for him.

“And then if we throw him into a game like this and really make him struggle, that’s where his development will accelerate the fastest. We just need to make sure we’re mindful of his age and we do it at the right time.”

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