Rangers appear to have dropped hints that Leon King is in line for a first senior start against Stirling Albion.
The Gers are are taking on the Binos at Ibrox tonight in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.
Gio van Bronckhorst has already confirmed that he will look to rotate against the fourth-tier opposition, with fringe men and players returning from injuries set for opportunities.
King is the only one of the three to appear for the first team before, having featured in both the League Cup and the Premiership as a substitute last season.
First Rangers start potentially imminent for Leon King
He’s yet to start a first-team fixture, but that could be about to change.
It’s likely that Connor Goldson will be given the night off and Calvin Bassey could well move to a more familiar left-back role if Borna Barisic is also rested.
That would leave room for two new centre-backs and one of those spots is likely to be filled by the returning Balogun.
With FilIp Helander not yet match fit, that leaves King competing with Jack Simpson for the second berth.
Simpson is clearly no favourite of GvB’s, though, as he’s still yet to feature under him, and several media moves by Rangers have hinted that King is set to get the nod.
On Thursday, the club tweeted promotional content relating to the matchday programme and they opted to use an image of King to accompany the text.
Then, just a few hours before kick-off, the Gers released a RangersTV interview with King in which he discusses the transition from Academy prospect to first-team player.
The 18-year-old defender spoke of the influence of senior players such James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Steven Davis and expressed his delight at his recent promotion.
The timing of the release of this content is surely no coincidence and it would no doubt be a popular decision if the manager did name King – who has been at Rangers for over a decade – in his starting lineup tonight.
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