Rangers have beaten off competition from Premier League giants Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Man City to agree a “historic” new deal with teenager Leon King, according to a report.
The Daily Record report that King will sign a two-year deal this week as he puts pen to paper on his first professional contract to become “best-paid youngsters in the club’s history.”
There were fears King could follow Billy Gilmour and decide to move on and sign elsewhere, leaving Rangers looking for training compensation, but the highy-rated defender has opted to stick around at Ibrox.
First-team boss Steven Gerrard is said to have personally met with King to convince him his future lies at Ibrox and it looks as though it has worked.
Development squad boss Graeme Murty has been blown away by King and, after featuring regularly at higher age groups, admits that he “expects” the teen to be the “best player on the pitch, regardless of who else is on it” when he plays at his own age group.
“He’s someone who is getting a lot of press now because he’s quite young but he’s there on merit,” said Murty [Rangers News].
“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.
“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.”
King has yet to make his first-team debut for the Gers but has been involved on matchday’s with Gerrard’s side as he looks to push on and impress at Rangers.