Everything seems to be hunky-dory at Ibrox at the moment as Rangers are off to a perfect start to their league campaign and they have also made it through to the playoffs for the Europa League. Celtic dropping out of Champions League also helped in setting up the mood, and amid all these, Rangers even managed to complete another signing.
Premier League-winning midfielder Andy King has joined Rangers on a season-long loan from Leicester City. The 30-year-old is a 50 times Wales international and has come up from Leicester’s academy. He has 375 appearances for the Foxes, but he is now in the final lap of his career with them.
King had joined Championship outfit Derby County in January, but his loan spell was cut short due to an ankle injury he suffered. It was clear that the midfielder wasn’t in Rodgers’ plan anymore and thus, King has been allowed to leave on loan.
King on joining Rangers
The midfielder claimed he is delighted to join the Gers and said, ”I had a few options, but when a club the size of Rangers comes in, it makes the decision really easy. The manager is someone any midfielder growing up when I did look to. And now I want to try and get as many tips and pointer from him.”
Where can King fit in the roster?
Rangers have plenty of options for the midfield position, so it is slightly surprising that they have gone on to sign a new midfielder for the season. King is a versatile midfielder as he can play in various roles in the middle. We think that he will be used like Steven Davis in a slightly deeper role.
Rangers have some top midfield options in the form of Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield and Davis. It seems like the manager wants to have one more experienced option in the middle to control the game. Moreover, Arfield is being used as one of the front three this season, so maybe that is the reason why the boss decided to add one more option in the middle.
Right call from Gerrard?
We think that the signing of King was slightly unnecessary. The signing of the Welshman doesn’t bode well for someone like Greg Docherty who is trying to make an impact in the first team this season. However, it’s just a loan deal, so Rangers did not take much of a risk to get him.