Leicester City have allowed their longest standing player in Andy King to leave the club on loan to join Glasgow Rangers.
The 30-year-old midfielder has joined the club on a season-long loan deal and will now team up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
Andy King has featured a remarkable 378 times for Leicester since his debut in 2007 and has been at the club since he was a youth player.
He has scored 62 times in all competitions and has been a part of sides which have won the League One, the Championship and, of course, the Premier League.
The Welshman has also picked up an impressive 50 caps for his country, including a start in the Euro 2016 semi-final in France – a game they lost 2-0 to the eventual winners, Portugal.
It’s an interesting move for King, who will now be competing in Europe via the Europa League — a path Leicester also hope to go down.
It also makes it more interesting that Rodgers has sanctioned a player to move to his former club’s arch rivals. In fact, King even thanked his coach for his assistance in the move – saying that the Northern Irishman was clear with him from the start about his chances of playing for Leicester this season.
He said (BBC): “I am grateful for him being clear with me a couple of weeks ago.
“He said it was up to me to try to find a new challenge and fortunately I have managed to do that – a massive challenge at a massive football club and one I am delighted to be at.
“I’ve not really spoken to him about coming here specifically but I will do. A man who was so successful in Scottish football with the titles he won, I will call him and ask him about life in Glasgow, what Scottish football’s like and stuff like that.”
Leicester will not be missing a player for his performances, but they will be missing an experienced figure from around the place.
King’s usage by Leicester seems to have fallen year-on-year. He played 30 times in 2013/14, 24 times in 14/15, 25 times in 15/16, 23 times in 16/17, 11 times in 17/18 and has not played in the league since (WhoScored) – so it makes sense to let the player go, both to decrease the wage bill for the Foxes and to give the player more of an opportunity to play.
It’s a good move for Andy King who will get a good chance of adding to his impressive trophy collection.
Rangers have started the season well, winning both games in the league as well as being two games away from the Europa League group stage, with Legia Warsaw standing in their way.
At Rangers he will be able to be much more influential than he is at Leicester and will have a lot to bring the side, both with his experience and ability. Younger players in the squad, such as Joe Aribo, should also be able to learn from his expertise.
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