Rangers need to nurture outstanding Ibrox starlet to avoid past mistakes
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Rangers need to nurture outstanding Ibrox starlet to avoid past mistakes

Rangers need to nurture youngster Leon King so that he can reach his potential at the club.

The defender is still only 17, yet there is talk of him featuring regularly for the first team soon.

His contract runs out at the end of the season and Rangers really need to tie King down to a long-term deal to ensure previous mistakes are avoided.

Rangers need to tie Leon King down to a new contract to avoid repeating the Billy Gilmour mistake. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When Billy Gilmour was at the club, he was highly rated, yet he was sold to Chelsea in the summer of 2017 [Sky Sports].

Although they received a substantial fee, Rangers lost an excellent talent and while nothing can ever be predicted in football, Gilmour’s subsequent success has shown that it is vital that the Ibrox side do more to convince top young talents to stay in Glasgow for longer.

English clubs such as Aston Villa, Manchester United, and Newcastle are reportedly keen on King [Daily Record], and could technically sign him for free as of next month.

This would be another major blow to the club, especially if he went on to achieve the things Gilmour has.

Thrusting the defender into first-team action straight away might not be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s ideal scenario, but, the Ibrox side is facing a defensive crisis over the coming months.

With Filip Helander still out injured, Niko Katic out on loan, and Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun facing a potential call up for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in January, then King might have a role to play.

Whatever happens with others, the Dutchman needs to prioritise the teenager.

After making his League Cup and Premiership debuts last season, he was named on the bench for the Europa League clash with Sparta Prague late last month, so he already has some matchday experience.

Leon King could well be Rangers’ next great talent if he continues improving. Hopefully, the club won’t repeat past mistakes and will sign the defender to a long-term deal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The young Scot may get some game time in the Scottish Cup tie against Stirling Albion next month and let’s hope he has been tied down to a long-term deal by that point.

In other news, a key player for the club is nearing a return from injury.