Is there any real chance of Rangers signing Liverpool loanee permanently?
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Signing Ryan Kent a real possibility for Rangers

Rangers haven’t had a player like Ryan Kent in their team for years.

The tricky winger loves to toy with defenders and is growing into his role in this team. With every passing game, the 21-year-old just looks better and better.

Against Hearts yesterday he put in his best performance in a Rangers shirt yet. Every time he got the ball the crowd responded. He’s direct, dangerous and growing in confidence. Kent was more than good for his Man of the Match award.

Earlier in the week, The Sun reported that Kent would be interested in a permanent move to the club from Liverpool. But just how feasible is a full-time move?

Ryan Kent was superb for Rangers against Hearts yesterday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kent on a long-term Liverpool contract

If Rangers want Ryan Kent, then they’ll likely need to stump up. Even if the Steven Gerrard factor helps knock the price down a little.

Kent is clearly admired at Liverpool and signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool in August last year. This is Anfield reported it tied Kent to the club until 2022.

The youngster from Oldham also has ambitions to become a first team starter at Anfield.

After signing, Kent said: “”I am with a manager here that is willing to play young players and invest his time into my progression as a player.”

“Liverpool has the right foundations to make me a good player in the future.”

Kent has made only one appearance for Liverpool – in the FA Cup against Exeter 2015/16. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“Wherever I am, I want to be among the team and don’t want to halt my progression as a player,” he added. “If that means going on loan to get game time, then that’s what it’ll be.

“Committing myself to Liverpool is a very big thing, so I’d like to become a fully-fledged member of the team and become a regular starter.”

Kent enjoying fans and open to move

It’s very much a case of where there’s a will there’s a way for Rangers, Ryan Kent and Liverpool. The tricky winger is clearly at home here and is relishing the big crowds and big atmospheres.

Kent said: “It was incredible on Thursday. It was the best atmosphere I have ever played in.

“The fans were definitely the 12th man. They got behind us the whole game, and that’s what drove us to get the win.”

On moving to the club, Kent said it is “something I’d consider”, quoting the fans as a reason for this. He added “Rangers are an amazing club, but that’s a conversation they need to have with Liverpool, not me.”

Kent will struggle to break into a team where Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are the front three. He’s also behind Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and maybe even Harry Wilson in the pecking order. (Photo by Craig Mercer – CameraSport via Getty Images)

If Rangers want to sign him permanently, there is definitely a view to a move. There are plenty of players above Kent in the pecking order currently at the Anfield club. The likes of Derby loanee Harry Wilson will also provide a challenge to Kent’s progression into the Liverpool squad next season

An Ibrox move could very much be a good one for Kent’s development and there’s a very real possibility of it happening. At 21, he needs to be settled and playing every week.

How much for? If Rangers could negotiate a price around 3 or 4 million with a sell-on clause, we should take it. Rangers are not in a position to be spending small fortunes on players so demanding anything over this may prove a stumbling block. For a player of his ability that would be a steal.

How much would you pay for his services permanently?


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