According to the reports from Gavin Berry of Daily Record as cited by the Express, Rangers are resigned to losing Ryan Kent in the transfer window. Steven Gerrard had given numerous indications that he will try everything to get the Liverpool winger on another loan spell after he said that they don’t have a chance of signing him permanently.
A blow for Rangers?
However, now it seems like the winger is unlikely to move to Ibrox again after impressing in his first season in Glasgow. This should come as a massive blow for the club as Kent was considered as a top transfer target. Liverpool had reportedly put up a price tag of £12m over him, and since then, it was always going to be hard for the Gers to lure him.
Recent reports emerged that Aston Villa are going to come up with a bid of £10m for the English winger. The Villans recently won back promotion to the Premier League, and that could further improve their chances of landing Kent. Moreover, the £10m bid is close to what Liverpool are valuing the player.
Once the price got quoted, it was always going to be an uphill task for the Gers to sign him again. Even getting him on a loan spell would be tough as we feel that Liverpool will prefer to send him to a Premier League club to test him at a higher level.
Kent improved as the season went by and his effectiveness in the final third helped Rangers. The 22-year-old won Rangers’ young player of the season award and everyone involved with the club would have loved to see him donning the Rangers blue again.
Why Rangers and Gerrard should not worry?
Nevertheless, all is not lost for Rangers as they have plenty of options in the wide department. They have already secured the signings of Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie. They are currently being linked with a move for Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool. The Englishman is considered to be of similar stature as Kent and Rangers will be well covered on both the flanks if they can get him.
Once Kent impressed heavily at Ibrox, it was always going to be tough for the Gers to get him again even with Steven Gerrard at the helm of the club. That is always the problem of signing players on loan as there is no guarantee that the signing club would be able to get him again. Rangers though should be confident of doing well without Kent as they have already made some impressive signings.