Reported comments from Gary McAllister have suggested that Rangers could yet miss out on signing Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent on a permanent deal this summer.
The Rangers Assistant McAllister didn’t completely rule out a move for Kent. But he did suggest any decision rests with Liverpool.
At least according to comments quoted in the Daily Record.
“The fact is, Ryan’s still a Liverpool player so it’s a decision for Liverpool, isn’t it?” said McAllister.
“Will he be here next season? It would be nice because we’ve seen the benefits of having him here but he’s Liverpool’s player. We keep asking the question but it’s up to them.
“They’re very much aware of what he’s doing up here.”
Kent has gone from “a shy kid to a man”
McAllister would go on to discuss the progress that Ryan Kent has made since coming to Ibrox. The former Liverpool legend speaks of Kent going from a “shy kid to a man” during his time at Rangers.
He even described the flying winger as having “blossomed” at Ibrox, describing the 22 year old as “a delight to work with”. Gary Mac also puts a lot of that down to the Liverpool connection in Rangers’ backroom staff.
Ryan Kent’s form is a bit of a catch 22 for Rangers. As long as Kenty keeps playing well, it benefits Rangers this season. But it also keeps Liverpool’s attention firmly on the player, who’s contracted at Anfield until 2022.
That hasn’t stopped Kent himself telling The Scotsman back in December that he’d be interested in a move to Ibrox. Or some fans drooling over the prospect of the Englishman joining the club full time.
But from what Gary McAllister has said – there’s a long way to go before any deal would be concluded. And Rangers certainly aren’t in the driving seat.