A big opportunity beckons for Leon King at Rangers after he landed a new contract and was officially promoted from the B team to the senior squad.
King is one of the most highly-rated players produced by Rangers for some time and the fact that he’s also a fan of the club ensures the fanbase are that little bit more invested in his journey.
Up until Wednesday, his future was unclear.
With his contract up at the end of the season and multiple Premier League clubs reportedly circling, including Man United and Newcastle [Football Insider], it was feared that he could soon be moving elsewhere.
However, in the afternoon, the Light Blues confirmed that he had committed his future to the club by signing a two-year extension.
Gers sporting director Ross Wilson also confirmed that King had been promoted from the B-team group to the first-team squad.
Of course, King has represented the Gers at senior level before, appearing as a substitute in both the League Cup and the Premiership last season.
But this status change is a significant showing of confidence in the teenager and a recognition of the fact that he needs to be playing at a higher level than the Lowland League in order to truly kick on.
Rangers promotion a big opportunity for Leon King
He’ll be determined not to simply be making up the numbers during the second half of the season, either, and given the uncertainty at centre-back right now, his promotion constitutes a major opportunity.
Leon Balogun is injured and Filip Helander isn’t yet fully fit, while Jack Simpson is well down the pecking order and has been linked with a move away.
Therefore, in the short term, there’s a chance that the 17-year-old could push for game time, with an outing in the Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Stirling Albion later this month very much on the cards.
Looking a little further ahead, with key players Connor Goldson and Balogun both out of contract at the end of the season, King has the chance to show Gio van Bronckhorst over the coming months that he doesn’t desperately need to go into the transfer market during the summer to look for replacements.
After several months of getting stuck in for the B team across various competitions, the teenager should be fit and raring to go.