Andy King: Rangers sign Leicester midfielder on season-long loan

Andy King watched Rangers' win over Midtjylland at Ibrox
Andy King watched Rangers' win over Midtjylland at Ibrox

Andy King will seek advice from Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers about Scottish football after making the "really easy" decision to join Rangers.

The season-long loan move for the midfielder, who has 50 Wales caps, was confirmed after Rangers' 3-1 Europa League third qualifying round win over Midtjylland.

King, 30, thanked former Celtic boss Rodgers for sanctioning the move.

"I am grateful for him being clear with me a couple of weeks ago," King said.

"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."

King, who scored 62 goals in 379 games for Leicester and helped the club win the Premier League title in 2016, revealed he rejected other offers to move to Ibrox.

'King's a Premier League winner'

And he admits the lure of competing for more silverware was a major factor.

"I'm delighted to be here; the size of the club and the manager speaks for itself," he told Rangers TV.

"I had a few options, but when a club the size of Rangers comes in, it makes the decision really easy.

"I wanted to come here and have a real chance to try to win various amounts of silverware and hopefully play in European competitions. That was a massive pull for me."

King has had loan spells with Swansea and Derby over the past 18 months, the latter cut short by an ankle injury in February this year.

The midfielder, whose Leicester contract expires next summer, becomes Steven Gerrard's 10th signing this summer and the manager thanked Leicester - and Rodgers - for allowing the deal to happen.

"It was a fantastic offer we had to grab," Gerrard said. "One, he is a winner, a Premier League winner. Two, because he has had numerous caps at international level.

"A lot of the guys are very young - they need leadership and guidance in the dressing room. So it [the move] was a no brainer."

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