Youth football expert puts potential price tag on Rangers starlet Leon King

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Leon King is one of Rangers’ most talented teenagers and that has brought about plenty of Premier League interest from various clubs.

According to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano on 11 October, the 18-year-old is being monitored by Leeds United, Manchester United and Newcastle United having broken into the Light Blues’ senior team.

He is currently enjoying a long run in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side due to defensive injuries at Ibrox but he is living up to the hype surrounding him.

Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson knows Rangers well having seen his Under-18s and Under-16s side take them on at Auchenhowie and produced Kevin Ciubotaru who now plays for the B team in Glasgow.

He thinks the Gers could easily get up to £5million for the Scottish youth international but his contract expiring in 2024 could spell trouble down the line.

“If he chooses to run his contract down, then they’ll only be due compensation for him rather than a transfer fee,” Hudson said exclusively to The Football Wonderkids.

“But with the top talents in Scotland, they often go to Celtic or Rangers so I would think they could get anywhere between £2.5 and £5million for him, especially as a talent of that age.

“If it goes to tribunal though when he runs out of contract then it will only be hundreds of thousands of pounds which would be a real disappointment for them if it got to that stage.”

King only signed his new deal in January but will enter the final 12 months of his deal next season which could spark Rangers opting to cash in while they can.

In other Rangers news, January has to be the time Alex Lowry gets a well-deserved loan move away from Auchenhowie having recovered from injury.