James Sands’ suspension opens the door for a proper full Champions League debut for either Leon King or Ben Davies, and we’d be gutted if the Englishman gets the nod.
Ben Davies has been soft, avoidant, and is miles off being ready – he’s struggled in every match he’s played, even if many fans seem to have some weird overrating obsession on both of his below-par starting displays (Killie and Hearts).
King, however, has shone every time he’s played, and was actually one of the stand out performers in Holland on a day of a true debacle for the Famous.
There is absolutely, for us, zero case to select Ben Davies and every reason to put Leon King right in there at Anfield.
We’re not saying Davies is rubbish, we just can’t even come close to feeling reassured about his readiness yet. He’s been below ordinary in both of the matches he’s started, and King has been far from that.
Davies’ stats are horrendous. In the one and a half full matches he’s played, he’s managed a total of three defensive contributions, Goldson averages about 5-10 per match including 9 in one of those two fixtures Davies lined up beside him.
Whereas King? 9 in the 45 minutes he played in Holland then 3 in the 30 minutes at Ibrox v Napoli.
To suggest Davies would be the better option is just madness and we’d be very worried if he is in the Rangers jersey tomorrow night. It’s the wrong option, he’s just not robust, whereas King has nothing to lose and everything to gain by impressing.
Leon King has to partner Goldson for Rangers, because this isn’t Kansas any more.