Glasgow Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has spoken highly of Ibrox new-boy Andy King and sought to explain why the Light Blues have recruited another midfielder when they are already fairly strong in that position (official Rangers website).
King, who won the 2015-16 English Premier League title with Leicester City, was officially confirmed as a Rangers player after Steven Gerrard's charges claimed a 3-1 Europa League third qualifying round win over Midtjylland (official Rangers website), penning a season-long loan deal.
The 30-year-old is Leicester’s top scoring midfielder and has made over 375 appearances for the Foxes, winning championships in the top three divisions in England, as well as being a Wales international with 50 caps, including being part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the Euro 2016.
However, Rangers already boast a large number of central and defensive midfielders - 10 in the Ibrox ranks now according to Transfermarkt - and as such there has been some criticism of the Welshman's loan arrival, including from the likes of Ibrox legend Kris Boyd, as mentioned on Sky Sports programme The Debate and also quoted in the Scottish Sun.
"In that central midfield, they’ve got bodies so it’s a bit of a surprise signing for me," Boyd is quoted as saying. “I’ve been pretty vocal, Rangers need a left-back... If I were spending anymore money [at Ibrox], I’d have looked to get a left-back in. There’s loads of midfielders.”
When discussing King's arrival, McAllister told the Gers media team: "The addition of Andy is big because it just brings more competition to a very strong part of our team. But as Andy has said we have got loads of games.
"The Thursday-Sunday we know because of last season so we are semi-used to it. So we know the demands of the travel and then coming back to go again on the Sunday when we go into Europe."
Therefore, although there may be a glut of midfielder in the Rangers ranks, considering Gerrard's charges will be fighting on four fronts - the Scottish Premiership, the two domestic cups and the Europa League - there will be plenty of game time to go round amongst the Ibrox players.
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