By Alan Hutton

12th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Hutton suggests Rangers teen King in line for first-team promotion after Ibrox reveal

Alan Hutton has suggested Steven Gerrard may hand some Rangers starlets the opportunity to impress in the Europa League after Jack Simpson’s exclusion.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the likes of Leon King and Lewis McKinnon may get a shot if first-choice stars are missing.

Winter signing Jack Simpson was omitted from Rangers’ Europa League squad list this week.

As such, Filip Helander, Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun are the only other established centre-halves named.

Injury or suspension could see an academy product feature in the games against Lyon, Brondby or Sparta Prague.

Asked about the prospect of King or McKinnon getting a chance, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yes, I can see it happening. I think back to my time when I was playing – you obviously knew of this rules.

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“You have to have X amount of young players on the bench, for example.

“I know some people don’t like these rules but as a young player breaking through, it gives you that opportunity.

“You get to see the surroundings and feel what it’s all about – with the atmosphere.

“It stands you in good stead for the future.

“As well as that, you are there to be called upon if something happens to the first-choice players. The manager obviously trusts these guys.”

King, 17, made his league debut for Rangers back in May.

Jermain Defoe, Brandon Barker and Nnamdi Ofoborh are also missing from the squad list.

Rangers’ Europa League Group A campaign begins with a home fixture against Olympique Lyon.

In other news, this pundit has told Alfredo Morelos to keep his mouth shut after he spoke out about his Rangers future.