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Gers seal King loan deal as Warburton backs chairman

Published 29/01/2016

Billy King has joined Rangers
Billy King has joined Rangers

Rangers have clinched a deal to bring in Hearts winger Billy King until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has featured 20 times for Robbie Neilson's side this term, but has now completed a surprise switch to Ibrox.

King, who has 18 months left on his Tynecastle deal, will go straight into Mark Warburton's squad to face Falkirk in tomorrow's home Scottish Championship clash.

While reluctant to lose the services of the winger, Neilson believes the deal suits all parties. He said: "Billy's looking for regular game time and that's not something that we can guarantee at the moment so it makes sense.

"He'll get a run in a team that is pushing for a title, so it will benefit him."

Boss Mark Warburton, meanwhile, insists he is happy with the backing he has received from Dave King.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd predicted that the English manager could quit Ibrox at the end of the season if he is not given more financial support.

Gers missed out on Toumani Diagouraga to Leeds and did not follow up on two failed bids for St Johnstone's Michael O'Halloran. Rangers have landed winger Harry Forrester from Doncaster for an undisclosed fee, as well as former Lech Poznan goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski as cover.

Responding to Boyd's claims, Warburton said: "That's just someone's opinion. Look at us, we're in a good place. We've done very well. There's a long way to go still but we're confident.

"We aren't being wasteful. It has to be good value for the club."

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