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Rangers must avoid transfer howler at Ibrox over Leon King

Rangers may be under new management now but the Ibrox side have shown no let-up in their bid to take home another league title with Giovanni van Bronckhorst at the Gers helm in Glasgow.

It will be interesting to see how he negotiates the upcoming transfer window, however, as he aims to make his new surroundings feel more like his team, rather than Steven Gerrard’s.

What’s the word?

It could be an incredibly testing winter market for van Bronckhorst who is staring down the barrel of a mass exodus if the club’s former manager has any say.

It’s already thought that Aston Villa, Gerrard’s new employers, want to sign the likes of Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic.

However, there is another budding player in the form of Leon King who could move south of the border.

Will Leon King sign a new contract?

No chance!

No chance!

Hopefully!

Hopefully!

According to the Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece, a switch to Villa Park is very much on the cards. He reported: “Aston Villa are considering a move for Rangers youngster Leon King – who they could get for just over £200k. The Ibrox side are in talks with their talented 17-year-old over a new contract.”

Howler on the cards?

King may only be a teenager but the fact of the matter is that losing him this winter would be a pretty hefty blow to their ambitions in the future.

After all, the last thing van Bronckhorst wants in the early days of his stewardship is to see young and hungry players walk out the exit door for a bargain price.

The young centre-back has already earned his debut for the Gers first-team, is capped at international youth level by Scotland, making a huge impression at Ibrox.

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Commenting earlier this year, Gerrard said of the defender: “Leon has been superb in training. The biggest compliment I can pay him for his age and where he is at is he hasn’t looked out of place in training, so that wasn’t a sentimental substitution tonight – he has earned it by training really well among his peers at first-team level.”

With that in mind, it’s evident that King is blessed with plenty of potential and watching him depart would reek of the scenario that played out with Billy Gilmour.

Once of the Ibrox academy, Rangers lost the talented central midfielder to England as he eventually joined Chelsea.

Gilmour has since thrived, staking his claim for a Scotland place and now earning minutes under Dean Smith in the Premier League on loan at Norwich.

It’s not just that situation that can draw parallels between the two, however, as King is equally as comfortable on the ball as the ex-Rangers starlet.

Although he plays deeper on the field, the ability to drive forward while in possession is something that makes Gilmour’s style of play so striking and popular amongst supporters.

So, although the teenager could be taking his leave in the not too distant future, supporters should still get excited about him if they can pen him down to new terms. Whether King departs or stays, he could be van Bronckhorst’s very own Gilmour.

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