Ryan Kent and the Rangers fans are starting to grow a real mutual affection for each other. Is his latest praise of the support another signal he wants to stay at Ibrox?
The Liverpool winger has given vibes in the past about being happy to stay beyond the summer. The current agreement in place between Rangers and Liverpool will see the youngster head back to Anfield at the end of the season.
Rangers fans, however, are starting to really take to the left-winger. Kent has stepped up massively since the injury to Jamie Murphy, and is becoming a main focal point in everything Rangers do going forward.
Speculation about his future will continue to rumble on all season. In the Official Rangers Podcast, however, he spoke at great length about the admiration he has for his supporters at Ibrox.
“The fans have been incredible throughout my time here so far. Hopefully we can keep pushing on and I can keep enjoying my football.
“They have a big part to play in our performances. You can see that in the results we’ve had recently, especially for me when I pick the ball up and can hear the fans behind me. That gives me great confidence. They’re the best fans in the world and you can see that in the atmosphere in each game.
“The transition has been made really easy. The players and the staff have made me settle in really easy and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself here.”
Starting to love it
Kent is clearly starting to love life in Glasgow, and it’s no wonder. When you’re as loved and appreciated as he is, the heated Glasgow environment can be a thoroughly enjoyable place for certain players.
Looking at his Liverpool chances, it’s difficult to see where he could break into the team. Jurgen Klopp has evolved the Merseysiders since taking control, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah not getting dropped anytime soon.
It’s important, of course, to remember that it’s still only October. Plenty can happen between now and the end of the season that can make either party change their minds about making this permanent.
The current state of play, however, shows that Rangers could easily sign him up for a bargain. The latest figure floating around for Kent was only £2million.
Considering the inflated prices in England, Rangers could do a lot worse than meet that asking price.