Gio confirms defensive change at Ibrox

Gio confirms defensive change at Ibrox
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Manager of Rangers reacts with Colin Stewart at the end of the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has put his faith in rising star Leon King by promoting him firmly to the senior squad, in a move designed to show Auchenhowie’s continuing success following the spectacular sale of Nathan Patterson to Everton for £16M.

The 17-year old defender, who chose Rangers over the bright lights of the Premier League and Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, is expected to become a mainstay in the senior team in years to come, and Gio confirmed the teen’s stock with him:

“It’s very important for the club and it’s good for Leon, who’ll be involved with the first-team now.”

The lad might be a little green at the moment, but he’s clearly learning fast, and we remember how impressive Danny Wilson was back in the day at just 18.

Under Gio good enough is old enough, and that is highly inspiring.

The manager clearly rates King, and if the defender impresses in training alongside the big boys, it surely will be only a matter of time, and not a lot of it, before he’s starting matches.

Rangers are ready for a homegrown CB to finally rise and be our stalwart at the back – in recent decades there’s been a dearth of Auchenhowie-reared CBs good enough (aside Wilson) to take up the mantle, but King is regarded as a real exception.

Hopefully he realises his promise – and takes this huge, huge chance.

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