By Graeme Hanna

4th May, 2023 | 9:10pm

Rangers transfer news as Leon King exit talk begins already at Ibrox

Leon King looks set to depart Rangers at the end of the season, in the opinion of the Sunday Mail’s chief football writer Scott McDermott.

He expects another central defender to be brought in to feature beside Connor Goldson, with doubts expressed about Ben Davies.

King has barely featured under Michael Beale, since he was thrust into the deep end of Champions League action in the first half of the season, due to necessity, under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

McDermott was speaking on the Record Rangers podcast, discussing the back line at Ibrox with his colleagues, Gavin Berry and Andy Newport.

“I don’t think Michael Beale will see John Souttar or Ben Davies as first choice centre backs next season, I expect him to sign another centre-back to play alongside Connor Goldson,” he said.

“With Helander going and it doesn’t look like Leon King has much of a future there, whether he goes on loan or if they sell him, that would give you four defenders.

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“Goldson, a new player, Davies, and Souttar. That might be ok.”

Time on his side

King didn’t get the credit that he deserved earlier this season when he got his chance due to the injury crisis that unfolded.

Whilst he didn’t excel, he certainly didn’t let anyone down in a period that saw him contest against top-level opponents such as Napoli, Liverpool, and Ajax.

As well as suffering a nasty concussion against St Mirren in November, it was right that he was taken out of the firing line and not rushed into a comeback.

He has recently been part of the Rangers squad again and will be part of the discussion over pre-season. Given that the 19-year old has a long-term contract in place, it could be wise for him to go out and play every week at a decent first-team level, rather than sit on the bench at Ibrox.

Just because he isn’t ready to be a first-choice player now, doesn’t mean he should be written off.

In other Rangers news, John Bennett and other investors are said to be ready to dig deep to stump up new transfer cash.