Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted Andy King could leave the club and return to Leicester City next month, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
The 31-year-old Wales international came to Ibrox in August on a season-long loan deal from the Foxes.
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The idea seemed to be that he would bring experience and depth to the first team squad’s midfield options and while he wouldn’t play every week, he would be capable of slotting into the XI any time injuries or suspensions struck.
However, that’s simply not how it’s worked out in practice. King has made just five appearances to date, with all of them coming from the bench.
“We’ll make a decision in the coming days with Leicester and his reps and we’ll respect Andy and do what’s best for him,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “We’re in talks now with Leicester and his reps to find the best solution. He has obviously been frustrated with his game time here, which we respect.”
“He has been the ultimate professional and has gone above and beyond in this dressing room in terms of how he has approached it and gone about it.
“I haven’t been able to give him the game time he would have liked but I made it pretty clear to Andy when he came it would be tough and a challenge for him to get an opportunity so it was one we were both keen to explore to see how it would work out.”
It’s not overly surprising that an end may already be in sight for King at Rangers.
This was an unexpected transfer and one that clearly hasn’t worked out.
Just like Greg Docherty, the loanee has been unable to force himself into matchday squads, never mind starting XIs, with his last appearance a League Cup cameo at Livingston in September.
It’s likely best for all involved if this deal is cut short.