Steven Gerrard has called Rangers flop Andy King a “great professional” after his loan deal was cut short following a lack of games, as well as taking “part” responsibility for the Eros Grezda shambles which finally ended with the Albanian winger returning to NK Osijek.

King joined in the summer on a season-long loan from Leicester City but barely go near the team before returning south this month and Gerrard only had praise for the veteran Welshman.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Andy King of Leicester City kisses the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

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Gerrard also gave slight praise to Grezda, confirming the winger wanted to move on and play rather than sitting getting paid in Glasgow – insisting there is “no problem” with the former Albanian international.

“Andy King was superb, a great professional,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“It was just unfortunate that the midfield area is so strong and we couldn’t give him the opportunities.

“But, in terms of the lad and what he gave with the young lads, he was top, top drawer.

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“Grezda never worked and I will take responsibility for part of that but, to be fair to Grezda, he wanted to go and play and we wish him well.

“He has gone back to Osijek, so there is no problem there.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Eros Grezda of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Grezda had already fallen out of favour at Rangers before hammering the final nail into the coffin after a spitting incident during a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup win over Ballymena United.

The winger continued to appear for the Colts sporadically before leaving the club and, hopefully, he does well as Rangers stand to profit in the future with a sell-on clause in the deal which saw him returning to Osijek 18 months after leaving to join the Gers.

 

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