Steven Gerrard has personally intervened to stop Rangers rising star Leon King quitting to join a Premier League club this month, Football Insider can reveal.
The defender’s future at Ibrox is in doubt after he rejected the club’s initial offer of a professional contract at the end of last year.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the Gerrard is pulling out all the stops to keep King and has held one-on-one talks explaining why his future is best served by staying at Rangers.
— Ashlie King (@AshlieKing14) January 17, 2020
The manager has promised the teenager there is a pathway to first-team football and was true to his word last night by making King part of the matchday squad for the 2-0 Scottish Cup win against Stranraer at Ibrox.
The youngster, who turned 16 at the start of this week, did not make the bench but he was the first reserve and travelled on the team coach to the game.
King’s mother Ashlie hailed Gerrard’s involvement of him as an “amazing experience” on her personal Twitter account.
Football Insider revealed last month that Tottenham and Wolves have joined Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as Bundesliga big guns RB Leipzig, in the race to sign King by the end of this transfer window.
Rangers’ senior and academy coaches, including Premier League and England great Gerrard, are in no doubt about the potential of the young defender.
He was capped by Scotland at Under-17 level when just 15 and has been playing above his age group for club and country for many years.
Rangers are working on offering King an improved contract to persuade him to sign professional terms, which can be penned in Scotland at 16.
The club do not want a repeat of two years ago, when Ibrox academy product Billy Gilmour was enticed to Chelsea for a £500,000 compensation fee.
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