Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that there have been no new developments in his side’s pursuit of Ryan Kent – but insisted that he’ll “never give up” trying to add “top players” to his squad.

The Gers have been after a return to Ibrox for Kent all summer, with Liverpool standing firm that he won’t be heading out on loan and Gerrard confirmed there’s been no change in the Anfield side’s position.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ryan Kent of Liverpool in action during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on August 10, 2019 in Kirkby, England.

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The Rangers manager has made it clear how highly he rates the winger but knows he has to “respect and appreciate” Liverpool, calling his former club “very helpful” in allowing Kent to move to Ibrox on loan originally.

“There’s been no change or developments since the last time we asked Liverpool and were told there wouldn’t be a loan situation. Nothing has changed on it,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But you never give up on trying to improve your team and squad. You never give up on following and tracking top players.

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“I made it pretty clear over the course of 12 months working with Ryan how highly I rate him, so I’d never shut the door on any player and certainly top players but I have to understand, respect and appreciate the situation of his parent club, who were obviously very helpful in giving him to us in the first place.

“If you’re told no, you have to accept the answer is no until there’s ever a time that changes. Where we stand right now that hasn’t changed.”

While Kent’s return still likes quite unlikely, Gerrard hasn’t wasted his time in bringing in replacements with Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones. Jake Hastie and Brandon Barker all arriving this summer.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Ryan Kent of Rangers celebrates after he scores during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Liverpool’s decision could change the closer we get to next week’s transfer deadline but it will likely be a very last-minute deal.

If the winger does return to Rangers, it’ll cause some mighty headaches for Gerrard with his team and squad selections.

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