Rangers midfielder Nicolas Raskin has praised Ryan Kent as ‘the best player’ at Ibrox as his future remains unclear.
Raskin arrived at Ibrox in January and is seen as a symbol of a changing Rangers.
The midfielder is young, talented and full of potential – exactly the kind of player Rangers need to be signing.
Todd Cantwell was a similar signing in January and Michael Beale is hoping to bring in more players of that ilk moving forward.
This does though mean that some players will be leaving Rangers in the near future to help bring in this new era.
A host of players are out of contract and some seem bound to leave, such as Filip Helander and even Alfredo Morelos.
Then there is Ryan Kent, whose future really could go either way as Rangers seek to keep him whilst Premier League clubs show an interest.
Nicolas Raskin hails Rangers winger Ryan Kent
Kent has been with Rangers for five years now including his initial loan spell, and he still divides opinion.
The belief is that Kent has so much talent in his locker but he can improve his end product and ultimately rack up more goals and assists.
Raskin has now offered his view on Kent, telling the Daily Record that he wants to see Kent sign a new contract.
The Belgian wants to play alongside Kent for ‘a long time yet’ and believes he is ‘very important’ to the Rangers team.
Raskin feels Rangers must keep their best players to achieve something special and thinks Kent is ‘the best player’ at Ibrox, highlighting that Rangers need him.
“Of course I want Ryan to stay here so I can play with him for a long time,” said Raskin. “I think he is very important for the team. If we want to achieve something we need to keep all of our best players — and he’s the best player. We need him here,” he added.
That kind of comment could just tempt Kent into staying.
The 26-year-old is highly rated by teammates and can remain a key player at Rangers rather than battle for a role with a new club.
That’s something Rangers must sell to Kent if they do want him to stay, though time is running out to keep him in Glasgow.