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Leon King opens up as he eyes Europa League final spot for Rangers

Rangers defender Leon King was handed his first Ibrox start in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Dundee United and the teenager admits he “would never have imagined” things would go as they have since stepping up to the first-team as he eyes a spot in the Europa League final.

King made his debut in a League Cup win away to Falkirk early last season and has been in and around the first-team squad ever since, and now has a European final to look forward to in Seville next week.

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Rangers ended the game yesterday with four players who have featured for the B team in the Lowland League on the pitch as Adam Devine, Charlie McCann and Alex Lowry came off the bench and King is hoping to use his involvement recently as a stepping stone to a regular place in the side.

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“I’ve been a fan of the club since I was a wee boy,” King told RangersTV. “To finally get that start in front of a packed Ibrox was amazing.

“They were amazing. I see them every day on the training ground and I have grown accustomed to it and getting as much information out of them as I can. It helps a lot playing alongside Connor and Tav.

“Words don’t really describe it to be honest. I was lucky enough to be part of the squad last year and it has just carried on from there. I could never have imagined it would be this good.

“I am still only young. I am part of the squad that has got to a European final, it is something I will never forget and something my family will never forget as well.

“It is only going to benefit me. As I say, I am still very young as a footballer, I have got my whole career ahead of me.

“This is a great stepping stone and learning curve and experience so I can take that forward.”

Leon King could be answer to Rangers defensive questions for next season

With uncertainty over the long-term future of Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Fil Helander, King could find himself having plenty of opportunities next season.

While there is likely to be further additions in the summer, John Souttar, Calvin Bassey and King are likely to be three of Rangers’ four central defenders moving forward.

If the Light Blues can keep Connor Goldson around a bit longer, he would be the ideal mentor for King as he continues his development.

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