Rangers news as Leon King could get 'huge' opportunity ahead of Scotland trip to Spain
Rangers defender Leon King could be handed a “huge” opportunity by Scotland manager Steve Clarke, who is set to invite some of the Under-21s to train with the senior squad, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.
King, 19, signed a new long-term contract with the Gers in December but has amassed just 650 minutes of Scottish Premiership action all season long.
The centre-back was named in the Scotland Under-21 squad for the upcoming friendlies against Norway and could now potentially be called up to train with the senior team in Spain ahead of the Euro 2024 showdown against Norway in June (17 June).
“Clarke will take his squad to the Murcia region of Spain after the Scottish Cup final for a training camp to prepare for their qualifiers with Norway and Georgia,” the Scottish Daily Mail wrote. [Saturday, 28 May, page 111]
“And he will give a few of the youngsters a huge opportunity to impress during the senior squad’s camp at La Torre.”
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Although King hasn’t taken the strides he would have hoped under Michael Beale, this is an opportunity that could help to get his name in the mix for future international exposure.
After signing his new contract at Ibrox, the centre-back has barely featured for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, and it looks like the club are happy to play the long game with his development.
Beale is renowned for his great work with young players during his short managerial career, but the 19-year-old still has some way to go to supplant the likes of Connor Goldson and John Souttar.
A strong run-out with the Under-21s will do his chances no harm, and throwing his name amongst Scotland’s senior squad, even if it just training, should only help his game.
A loan move could be in the offing for King next season to gain some more game-time, as sitting on the Rangers bench won’t be doing his development any good whatsoever.