Will Rangers midfielder continue to be frozen out after international break?
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Will Rangers midfielder continue to be frozen out after international break?

The international break arguably came at a bad time for Rangers.

Steven Gerrard’s side had won their previous five matches, keeping clean sheets in four in a row.

In that time they progressed to the League Cup final, took a step towards the Europa League knockout stages and kept themselves level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership.

Goalscoring machine Alfredo Morelos was on fire before the break. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, summer signing, Andy King didn’t play a part in any of it.

The 50-cap Welsh international and Premier League winner joined on loan from Leicester City in August but has only made five appearances, the last of which coming on 25th September [Soccerbase].

Yet to start a match, his longest outing so far came as a substitute against East Fife in the second round of the League Cup.

A minor injury ruled the midfielder out of contention for the away tie against Porto in late October, but other than that, he’s pretty much been fit for the duration of his time in Glasgow.

Substitute King celebrates with Jermain Defoe after the veteran netted at Methil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Will there be a way in for King after the international break?

Under normal circumstances, you would think that Gerrard would be itching to unleash such an experienced and quality player.

A technically strong operator with an eye for goal, King is an experienced winner. In fact, he’s the only player in the modern era to earn League One, Championship and Premier League winners medals with the same club.

Yet, given the strength and depth Rangers have in midfield, and the standard of recent displays, it remains hard to see a way in for him.

There are three spots to be filled in midfield on any given matchday, and there are at least four players clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.

The performances of Steven Davis and Ryan Jack over recent times essentially render them undroppable.

Jack and Davis are both massive players for this Rangers team. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

For the biggest games, Glen Kamara is rolled out alongside them for added robustness, while Joe Aribo tends to be deployed in games where Rangers expect to dominate possession. That’s a formula that’s worked so far this season.

Furthermore, the inclusion of Scott Arfield in the eighteen provides cover both in midfield and attacking areas, with Gerrard happy to deploy him in either.

With each game seemingly becoming more and more important, there’s no time for unnecessary tinkering, meaning King’s spell on the fringes looks set to continue.

If Rangers continue to perform to the same standard when fixtures resume in ten days time, his only route into the side would be a spate of injuries.

The 31-year-old may have left Leicester in search of more playing time, but he doesn’t look like getting it any time soon.