Rangers have beaten off interest from Premier League clubs, such as Manchester United and Arsenal, to keep hold of Leon King. King is considered among the most exciting young talents in Scotland and that has impressed a raft of esteemed clubs, like Manchester City, Tottenham as well as United and the Gunners.
It’s the worst I’ve felt by a long way since I came into the job
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard
According to the Daily Record, the 16-year-old defender will sign his first professional contract with the Gers this week and will become one of the best paid youngsters in the club’s history.
And the Daily Mail claim that he will put pen to paper on a two-year contract worth a six-figure sum to the teenager and his family.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been a big admirer of King for quite some time and made it his mission to stave off interest from the Premier League.
That is why he decided to move quickly and convince the young Scotsman to agree to a deal while he was still within the club’s youth ranks.
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Gerrard succeeded following a productive one-on-one meeting with the player, who initially rejected the first contract offer.
However, his positive talks with the Liverpool legend convinced King to commit his future at Ibrox and snub a move to the Premier League.
The centre-back’s impressive development has led to him being included in first-team matchday squads after becoming part of the reserve side despite his young age.
This comes after Gerrard admitted that he will be considering his future at Rangers over “the next 24-48 hours” following the 1-0 loss to Hearts on Saturday.
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The Gers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup and the ex-England international insisted he is currently at his “lowest” point since taking over in Glasgow.
Gerrard said: “It’s the worst I’ve felt by a long way since I came into the job.
“I need to think. The plan was to have a day off tomorrow [Sunday] but I need to think hard about where we are at as a group.
“I need to do some real serious thinking in the next 24-48 hours.
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“I just need to think, I am feeling pain right now because I want to win here.
“I am desperate to win here, but looking from the side today I didn’t get the impression that the feeling among my players was the same.
“Me and my staff have given these players absolutely everything for 20 months and held their hand on and off the pitch and improved everything but it is tough when with every other performance you feel the way I feel.
“It’s tough. I need to analyse myself for sure but this is the toughest moment I have had since I came in. Forget the title for now. This was a quarter-final opportunity.
“The performance we gave is not enough and that’s my responsibility. I feel like I have majorly let the fans down.”
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