By Jason Jones

22nd Dec, 2019 | 1:35pm

Sky Sports pundit bemoans 'massive disappointment' over veteran Rangers player

We can kid ourselves otherwise, but every single signing that Rangers make is a gamble.

Of course, that can be said of any club the world over, but the fact remains that when a new player rocks up at Ibrox riding the crest of a wave of excitement, nobody really has any way of knowing if he’s going to be a success or not.

Unfortunately for Andy King, it’s fair to say that he has not made the kind of impact he would have liked to.

The Leicester City loanee has made just five substitute appearances this season, and according to a report from Football Insider, will be on his way back to England next week, earlier than initially planned.

And Darren Bent has voiced his disappointment on behalf of the 31-year-old.

Speaking to Football Insider, the Sky Sports pundit said: “It’s a massive disappointment for him but he’s had a very good career, done a lot of things, and someone will take him as he’s the type of midfield player who can get in the box and get goals.

“It didn’t work up for him in Scotland but that’s not to say someone won’t take him in the Championship.

“In the Championship there are some big, big, big clubs.”

It’s never nice to see a talent leave Ibrox without making some kind of impression, but there are times when you’ve just got to cut your losses, for the benefit of both the club and the player.

Undoubtedly, King has quality – he’s won a Premier League title with Leicester City after all – but he hasn’t shown it often enough in Glasgow, and with the plethora of midfield talent Gerrard now has at his disposal going into the second half of this campaign, it feels like the right time to bid farewell.

In other news, Confirmed: Rangers defender puts pen to paper on new Ibrox deal.