When Rangers signed Andy King on a season-long loan from Leicester City in mid-August, it came as something of a surprise.
The Gers already had Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack, Joe Aribo and Greg Docherty as out and out midfielders and Scott Arfield as another who could fill into a central berth.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 15, 2019
However, Gerrard made it clear he wanted two players for each position, aka six genuine midfielders, and so King was recruited [Scotsman].
Once he was signed, there was an expectation that we’d see a decent amount of him in action. Especially, after he was given half an hour of playing time just a matter of days later in the League Cup.
After all, he’s a 50-cap Welsh international and Premier League winner. At 30, he’s hardly over the hill, either.
Yet, he’s spent considerably more time watching from the sidelines than on the pitch.
Rangers loanee King struggling for game time
So far, he’s mustered a total of 69 minutes for Rangers, spread across five appearances [Transfermarkt], in almost two months with the club.
Steven Gerrard has stated that King was aware of the situation he was getting himself into – that some weeks he would feature, while in others, he wouldn’t [Scottish Sun]
It’s hard to believe that if he knew exactly how little playing time he would get, though, he would have bothered to move at all. He recently admitted he was frustrated at his lack of opportunities while recognising that it can be hard to change a winning team [Glasgow Evening Times].
Sunday’s fixture against Hamilton looked the perfect time to give him his first league start. With Ryan Jack out injured, and Joe Aribo only fit enough for the bench, the door was ajar.
Yet, not only did he not start the game, he failed to make the matchday squad altogether.
Of course, there’s a long way to go yet this season. Maybe, we’re in for another Greg Stewart type turnaround after the international break. Perhaps he’ll soon get a chance and grasp it with both hands, and then we’ll all realise why he was brought to the club.
For now, though, it looks unlikely. If he doesn’t get a go at home against one of the division’s weakest sides when there are injuries to other midfielders, when will he?