Rangers could be about to offer “panic buy” Ryan Kent a new contract at Ibrox to help ward off interest from Premier League Leeds United.
That’s according to the Daily Record, who believe the Gers are lining up a bumper new deal for the tricky winger after his stellar weekend performance over Celtic.
Kent, 24, might not have found the back of the net against our Old Firm rivals but once again he proved he’s a class apart as he terrorised the Celtic backline.
There hasn’t been a player at Ibrox who terrifies Celtic more than Kenty since the 1990s and it’s a testament to not only his attitude in these matches, but also the player’s ability.
Once branded a £7m “panic buy” by ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton, we didn’t know back then that the outspoken pundit was actually talking about the panic the Rangers star causes in the Parkhead ranks.
What a joy it is to see the tricky winger rip Celtic to bits every time he takes to the pitch against them and fans will be hoping this persists for years to come.
But Kent’s improved numbers this season – the winger’s return of 12 goals and 14 assists is his single best in a campaign – have naturally attracted interest from south of the border.
Long-term admirers Leeds United are supposedly readying a £15m bid [Scottish Sun] but if they’re serious about pinching the talented winger then they’ll need to increase their offer.
Not that Kent is too perturbed by continuing discussions in the press regarding his future.
The winger claims he “loves” it at Ibrox and talked up the Champions League as being a major “motivation” to stay in Glasgow.
“It is nice to be linked with other football clubs, other big clubs, but you have got to understand your duty of where you are at,” Kent told Sky Sports.
“For as long as I’m at Rangers I will always give 100 percent to the football club. I love this place, it has done so much for me so, as long as I am here, my mind is solely focused on Rangers.
“Is the Champions League a motivation? Massive. It’s the biggest stage in club football and to be able to test yourself against the best players and teams in the world would be quite special.”
But even if Kent wants to stay at the club, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been ominously clear that any transfer decisions could be taken out of his hands this summer.