Andy Halliday raves about Rangers teen with '30-year-old's brain'
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Andy Halliday raves about Rangers teen with '30-year-old's brain'

Former Rangers star Andy Halliday believes Leon King can have a big future at Ibrox as he hailed the teenage defender as the next one to follow Nathan Patterson and become a regular part of the first team.

King made his fifth first-team appearance at the weekend when he was brought on to replace the injured Fil Helander in the 4-0 win over St Mirren, winning plenty of plaudits for his mature display.

That left Halliday calling for him and Alex Lowry get more opportunities in the first team at Rangers, insisting King has a ’30-year-old’s brain.’

“Listen, everyone probably agrees that Celtic are heavy favourites to win the league now,” Halliday said [Open Goal].

“Rangers are still going to do what they can from now until the end of the season.

“But I would love to see [Alex] Lowry, [Leon] King, young boys that deserve to get a chance.

“I would love to see them get game time between now and the end of the season.

“He was brilliant [against St Mirren]. I told you when I left Rangers when you asked who I thought the next player was.

“Nathan Patterson was one, I always felt Leon would be the one to step up.

“He has a 30-year-old’s brain which I think is massive for younger kids.

“He is just so mature in the way he plays, he’s not scared to get on the ball. He’s not the biggest but he’s very, very intelligent.

“If he keeps maintaining the progress he’s made then I think he’ll have a future at Rangers.”

King looks likely to get his chances for Rangers this season

With Fil Helander out for the rest of the season and Jack Simpson having disappeared off the face of the earth, King is likely to get more minutes between now and the summer.

While it would be a surprise to see him start many games, progression in the Europa League may necessitate some starts domestically for King.

The young defender has looked composed whenever he’s been handed an opportunity so there shouldn’t be too many risks if he is thrown in.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have released a new song for the one player their hopes for the season may well rest.

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