Rangers fear they could lose Ibrox starlet, Leon King, in the same way, Billy Gilmour left for the Blues. The 15-year-old defender, who doesn’t turn 16 until winter, has turned down Rangers’ initial offer of a first professional contract.
Premier League giants Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as German outfit RB Leipzig, are all monitoring his situation. Glasgow-born Leon is rated as one of the most prodigious talents in the Gers Academy and featured for their development side aged only 14.
At 15, he’s currently part of Scotland’s U-17 set-up, such as the defender’s huge potential. With the national team, King plays beside Liam Morrison who left Celtic for Bayern Munich in the same move last summer.
Gers were stung in July 2017 when they couldn’t agree on a professional contract with footballer Gilmour. A year before his youth registration at Ibrox was up, similarly to the King scenario now, they agreed on a fee of nearly £500,000 for Gilmour who left for London.
He’s now part of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad at Stamford Bridge and made his Premier League debut this campaign. Leon is in the same boat and Gers are desperate to keep him at the Hummel Training Centre. Frank Lampard prefers to give a chance youngsters like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James.
But after turning down the first offer of a pro deal, the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leipzig, who’ve watched King for over a year, are ready to pounce. Leon has vast potential and can become a top-class defender if he continuous improvement.