Rangers defender Leon King put in an assured performance in the 4-0 win over St Mirren, giving fans a glimpse of the same talent that reportedly had some of the biggest clubs in Britain sniffing around him.
Rangers signed King down on a two-year deal when he was able to turn professional and since then have handed the youngster a handful of opportunities as he continues to develop.
An influential player for the B Team this season, Leon King is widely regarded as one of the top talents at Rangers and in Scotland.
Rangers had to hold of reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to sign Leon King down on what was initially a two-year deal.
In that period Rangers have began to phase the 18-year-old into their squad and Leon King stands on the verge of coming in and making a proper impression.
That exposure to the first-team and King’s development would then see the centre-back sign an extension in January so Rangers now have until 2024 to convince Leon King Ibrox is the place for him.
But it’s clear that for this youngster – at this stage of his career anyway – evidence that game time is on the horizon is more important than a premature payday.
Rangers proving Leon King right in his decision to sign on at Ibrox
If the player’s potential is to be fulfilled Rangers probably don’t expect that Leon King will play out his career at Ibrox.
But Rangers want to offer the centre-back a podium to build from and give him minutes – football’s greatest currency for youngsters – to reach the heights so many expect of him.
Rangers too want to see return on this, and if the appearances continue expect both parties to flirt with longer term deals to protect their interests.
The truth is the defender has all the time in the world to earn a big money move down south but as has happened so many times, these English clubs hoarding players doesn’t always herald results.
For Rangers, it’s about giving Leon King more opportunities where they can and proving to him that if he sticks with us for now, it’ll stand him in the best stead in the future.
The youngster could be set for more opportunities in the coming weeks too as a key Rangers defender was spotted on crutches.