Leon King is set to make the Rangers squad for Sunday’s clash against Celtic after Filip Helander was ruled out of the fixture.
17-year-old King is very highly rated and he reportedly turned down interest from multiple Premier League clubs before signing his first professional contract with the Gers in early 2020 [Glasgow Times].
He has trained with the first-team for the majority of the season and has made one appearance, coming off the bench for his debut in a League Cup tie against Falkirk back in November.
The young defender has made the matchday squad for a number of other fixtures across all competitions, although not for any of the four Old Firms.
He looks set to be involved on derby day for the first time this weekend, though, given that several other centre-backs are missing.
Nikola Katic is a long-term absentee, but Leon Balogun and Filip Helander have both recently picked up problems, with Steven Gerrard confirming on Friday that the latter may miss the remainder of the season [Rangers FC Twitter].
Meanwhile, George Edmundson is out on loan at Derby County and left-back Calvin Bassey, who can do a job in the middle of the defence if required, is suspended.
Jack Simpson was spotted in training on Friday and he is set to line up alongside Connor Goldson in the starting XI.
King looks to be pretty much assured a spot on the bench, though, as the only available centre-back cover.
It’s likely that he will only feature in the match if absolutely necessary but even if he doesn’t make it onto the pitch, it will be a great experience for the teenager to be involved in an Old Firm matchday.