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Rangers must unleash centre-back Leon King in the League Cup

Glasgow Rangers face the prospect of Scottish League Cup action for the first time this season as they take to the field at Ibrox tonight.

The Light Blues play host to Queen of The South in the second round of the competition and will be hoping to make their way through to the next stage against the League One outfit.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men come into the match off the back of a 4-0 win over Ross County in the Premiership at the weekend. Antonio Colak scored twice, with John Lundstram and Steven Davis netting either side of his brace, as the Gers continued their unbeaten start to the domestic campaign.

They will now be looking to extend that run by beating Queen of The South, and Van Bronckhorst may use this break from Premiership and Champions League to hand opportunities to some of the fringe players in the squad.

One player that the Dutch head coach must finally unleash is 18-year-old centre-back Leon King for his first senior start of the campaign.

The youngster came on at half-time in the win over Ross County and put in a solid display. As per SofaScore, he completed 89% of his passes and created two chances as he showcased his ability on the ball at the back, having replaced USA international James Sands.

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He could now replace the on-loan American in the starting XI, and it would give Sands a well-deserved rest and afford King the chance to shine.

Earlier this year, Alan Hutton heaped praise on the teenage gem, saying: “I’m interested to see Leon King this year. I think when I did watch him last season, he was like a big Rolls Royce, very elegant on the ball.

“He came out, kept possession and looked very comfortable for someone of such a young age.”

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The centre-back, who does not turn 19 until January, has made 11 first-team appearances to date, and tonight’s game could be his chance to shine and prove that he deserves more opportunities to start matches.

A strong performance could put him in the manager’s thoughts for games in the league and Europe in the coming weeks as King looks to take the next step in his career, becoming a regular starter.

If selected, the Scotland under-21 international must perform at the peak of his powers tonight and put down a marker to Van Bronckhorst to say that he is not just in the squad to make up the numbers.

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