By Mark Smith

29th Sep, 2022 | 10:10am

View: Could Leon King start for Rangers v Liverpool in the Champions League?

Looking at Rangers start to life back in the Champions League this season, many would say it has been nothing short of disastrous.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst guided his side back to the big time through the qualifiers, but some may have wished they’d have stayed there and 4-0 and 3-0 defeat to Ajax and Napoli respectively.

It won’t get any easier for the Bears either, with Liverpool to come home and away, starting with a trip to Anfield in midweek on Tuesday [04 October].

There is a real selection headache to deal with too.

James Sands will be suspended for the trip to Merseyside after seeing red in that defeat against Napoli last time out, meaning someone new will need to partner Connor Goldson.

That could be a huge opportunity for young sensation Leon King.

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John Souttar remains out injured, and Ben Davies hasn’t exactly hit the ground running at Ibrox since his move to Glasgow from the Reds, but he will no doubt be desperate to feature at Anfield.


Wow, this would be the biggest test for any young player.

King has been used sparingly this season by Van Bronckhorst, but in recent weeks, he has come on more than the likes of Davies, possibly placing him ahead in the pecking order.

The 18-year-old has completed 159 minutes in the Scottish Premiership with one start, as well as coming off the bench against both Ajax and Napoli.

Now it looks as though it could be time to make the next step up by starting at Anfield, although experience could shine through with Davies potentially given the nod.

What is the point in trusting these young players only off the bench though? If Van Bronckhorst and his team are happy with King, give him that start.

We have seen these types of decisions backfire spectacularly for player and club before though, so the coaching staff have to be 100% sure, although this could be the moment he has been waiting for at Rangers.

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