Rangers reportedly held off interest from the likes of Steven Gerrard-led Aston Villa to secure talented centre-back Leon King on a new two-year deal.

The 17-year-old Rangers B star will now be promoted to the Ibrox first team as he looks to make a proper breakthrough into the Gers squad in coming months ahead.

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The moment represents a big opportunity for Leon King but things could’ve been so different had Aston Villa genuinely came knocking.

Steven Gerrard’s side were linked with a move for King in early December as Leon crept towards the final six months of his contract at Ibrox.


Report claimed Aston Villa were set to sign Rangers kid Leon King

Birmingham Mail had released a bold report claiming that Aston Villa were set to beat Man United to the signing of Rangers defender Leon King.

That report claims that Newcastle United and Leicester City were also interested in signing the youngster, with a potential £200k compensation package mooted.

But whether or not the interest was genuinely concrete, Rangers appear to have won the race for Leon’s short-term future at least as the defender commits to Ibrox.

Not only will the youngster’s inclusion in the squad boost Rangers’ homegrown quota, but the shortness of the deal suggests Leon is hedging his bets regarding first-team exposure.

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Should Rangers involve the youngster more over the course of the next 12 to 18 months then the Gers will certainly be entitled to Leon King signing a longer-term deal.

But whatever the case, the youngster certainly appears to be the next Rangers youth prospect coming off the conveyor belt after Nathan Patterson.

The Ibrox Academy right-back has just earned a move to Everton worth a potential £16m and it has certainly upset our rivals to Glasgow’s east.

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