In positive news for Glasgow Rangers, 16-year-old centre-half Leon King has signed his first professional contract and committed his future to the Scottish side, the club have confirmed.

It is believed that Gers first-team boss Steven Gerrard personally convinced the teenager and his representatives that the defender has a bright future at Ibrox.

King is a top youth player who has received the same high levels of media attention as Billy Gilmour did before he left Glasgow to sign for Chelsea.

The rising star is a tall, talented defender and true-blue Rangers fan – the Ibrox supporters are excited about seeing the teenager in a first-team jersey in a few years.

Rangers were chastised for losing out to Chelsea over Gilmour’s decision to move to London.

The 18-year-old has impressed recently, especially in his Man of the Match display in Chelsea’s 2-0 Cup win over Liverpool last Wednesday.

King committing to Rangers was treated with delight as the fans rejoiced on social media to express their feelings of the good news.

His attributes include a brilliant attitude with an abundance of ability. It’s important that he is a Rangers man, with an extremely bright future.

Last season King was part of the side that won the Alkass International Cup and the U18’s league title.

Now he should feature in the U18’s plus the development squad and has already made the Rangers squad for the Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer.

King has all the makings of a future Rangers star and the Gers supporters will hope he fulfils it.

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