Legendary ex-Ger gives verdict on £25m-rated Rangers star PL exit talk as rivals meltdown
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Legendary winger gives verdict on £25m-rated Rangers star PL exit talk

Rangers winger Ryan Kent has been urged to stay at Ibrox amid talk of a £25m price tag and a summer of interest following fine form this season.

The tricky winger has taken his game to the next level this season, his 25 goal contributions already a record for the player in his career.

Rangers winger Ryan Kent has been on fine form this season, scoring 12 goals and laying on 13 assists. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Still only 24, the man Rangers signed for £7m in 2019 after a successful loan spell in 2018 has plenty of room to grow and get better whether at Ibrox or elsewhere.

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His form this season led to Alex Rae claiming Kent is already a £25m player whilst reports suggest Rangers rejected anywhere up to £14m from Leeds United for his services in the summer.

However, should big money be floated under Rangers’ noses or a Premier League club come a-knocking this summer, ex-Gers winger Mark Walters has urged Kent to consider any move closely.

“Ryan is in a great team right now and, personally, I think he’s still got a lot to do up there,” said Walters [Glasgow Times].

“If he left I don’t think it would be great for his progress.

“I can understand teams will be interested in him because he is playing so well.

“I don’t know what his long-term ambitions are but, for me, he needs to have another good season up in Glasgow then think about that.

“I’m sure Rangers will be disappointed they didn’t do better in Europe this season and they will have the Champions League to aim for next term.

“Hopefully he hangs around for that because, in my opinion, there are not many clubs Ryan could get that would be an improvement on Rangers.

“They are a club that can fulfil all his ambitions at the moment.

“Only Ryan knows what he wants to achieve but, for me, he’d be crazy to move this summer.”

After all, Walters knows all to well the perils of leaving Ibrox prematurely.

The winger moved to Liverpool from Rangers alongside Graeme Souness in 1991 but despite spending five years on Merseyside, never quite reached the heights he did at Ibrox again.

By Walters’ own admission, he “shouldn’t have left Rangers”.

Walters believes Kent is a “great player”. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“With hindsight, I shouldn’t have left Rangers,” said Walters.

“I had literally 24 hours to make my mind up. I had the situation with the three-foreigner rule going on in my head. I didn’t want the fact I’d be classed as a foreign player to be the reason for why I’d be left out for big games in Europe.

“Rangers offered me more money, more everything but with hindsight leaving was a stupid thing to do.

“At the time I thought it was right as I was getting the chance to carry on working with a fantastic manager in Graeme Souness.

“I was winning one or two trophies a year at Ibrox but after that I only got two more winners’ medals for finals I never played in, so it is something I regret.”

Mark Walters was one of the first black players to play in Scottish football and an icon to a generation of young Bears. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

That £25m price tag which has been attached to Ryan Kent has certainly been turning a few heads and not just from Rangers supporters.

Celtic fans were sent into meltdown by the comments as they struggled to comprehend the fact Rangers arguably have the division’s biggest asset in the tricky wide man.

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