Rangers starting XI v Motherwell confirmed; Man Utd-linked talent starts

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Rangers starting XI v Motherwell confirmed; Man Utd-linked talent starts

Rangers have confirmed their starting XI for the clash with Motherwell as teenage defender Leon King starts amid a defensive crisis and links to the likes of Man United.

The 18-year-old will be joined at centre-back by summer signing Ben Davies as Ibrox manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst stares down the barrel of a Fir Park gun.

There is still no place for Turkish international Ridvan Yilmaz as Borna Barisic continues at left-back, with James Tavernier at right-back and Allan McGregor between the sticks.

John Lundstram partners Scott Arfield in midfield with Bayern Munich loanee Malik Tillman recalled and Rabbi Matondo, Ryan Kent and Antonio Colak completing the front three.

Rangers talent Leon King starts v Motherwell amid defensive crisis

Defensive injuries to the likes of John Souttar and Filip Helander haven’t helped the situation with van Bronckhorst, but add vice-captain Connor Goldson into the mix and suddenly things look very thin at centre-back at Ibrox.

Fabrizio Romano claims Leon King is reportedly being monitored by the likes of Man United, Newcastle United and Leeds United in the Premier League and this is an opportunity for the kid to show why he is so highly rated.

The youngster will be facing a physical Motherwell side and following Celtic’s thumping 6-1 victory over Hibs the pressure on Rangers to deliver a result at Fir Park.

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Van Bronckhorst is a man under pressure and before the game, told his Rangers charges to bounce back from the 7-1 defeat to Liverpool.

“It’s been very tough, it was a heavy defeat which was a big blow for us,” Van Bronckhorst told Sky Sports News.

“In football you always have to make sure you are there the next game, and for us it is very important to continue winning in the league, and that starts tomorrow against Motherwell.

“We have to [bounce back]. We have always done that after the Champions League, switched back to the league to win the games and make sure we keep going and keep winning, because that is what we want.”

Anything but a victory surely sees the Dutch manager sacked from his role at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, it appears the Ibrox directorate have made their minds up amid much talk surrounding Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future.