By Liam Thomas

31st Jan, 2023 | 11:00am

Rangers transfer news as club responds to loan offers for Leon King

Rangers have knocked back loan bids for 19-year-old defender Leon King from teams in Scotland and England, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell.

King finds himself behind Connor Goldson and Ben Davies in Michael Beale’s defensive pecking order and it’s thought the chance for him to play regular football may be attractive to the Gers.

Nevertheless, it seems King will be staying put at Ibrox and the club won’t be entertaining any offers for him on deadline day.

“Rangers have knocked back loan bids for 19-year-old centre back Leon King,” as quoted by The Athletic. (31 January)

“Teams in Scotland and England enquired about taking him on loan for the rest of the season but the defender will be remaining at Ibrox.

“It was thought that the offer of regular game time could be attractive for Rangers since he finds himself behind Connor Goldson and Ben Davies since they returned from injury, while John Souttar is also back in contention.”

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Never short of suitors.

King never seems to be short of suitors and is constantly being linked with moves to the Premier League and elsewhere outside of Ibrox.

And it’s because of this, that the club offered King a new and improved contract, keeping him at Rangers for the foreseeable.

This move evidently shows that Rangers rate King highly and whilst he may not be getting minutes at the moment, his time in a Light Blue shirt will come.

It would be nice to see him get a stint in the first XI soon though and it would be interesting to see how he fares under Beale’s management.

King was thrust into action earlier in the campaign and was unfortunately plagued by the team’s injury issues and lack of confidence in manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

It was a tough introduction to life at Ibrox for the youngster and hopefully, this hasn’t affected his progression too much.

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