Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has claimed that Rangers are “positive” surrounding the current contracts of Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent.
The Dutch coach was speaking ahead of the clash with St Johnstone and was asked about the contract situation surrounding both players given their current deals are set to expire within 18 months.
Both Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent are amongst the biggest assets in the Rangers squad but on their current deals Rangers would need to sell them in the next two windows or risk losing them for nothing.
van Bronckhorst: Rangers “positive” about Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent contracts
According to van Bronckhorst, Rangers are “positive” surrounding the situation with two of the club’s leading talents.
“If you play really well, of course you have interest in your players,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“When you perform really well with a club like Rangers, interest will come. But of course, we will looking to the contracts as well.
“As I said before, I think they’re two important parts of the team and I’m very positive about them and I think the club is also positive about the players.
“Eventually when you’re both happy you can sign a new deal but we’ll have to see in the coming months how we progress with them.”
Rangers still have plenty to offer Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent as contracts run down
Rangers stars Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent are at interesting ages in their careers and are probably the two biggest assets in the squad as things stand.
Both are 25 years old, and both are coming into a period in their careers where they’re going on to become matchwinners for Rangers.
Rangers clearly understand that every player has a price, but the club is entering an interesting juncture with both where a decision clearly needs to be made on their future.
There’s a feeling that there is still plenty of growth in both Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent at Rangers with Champions League football potentially on the horizon.
Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent are hot property at Rangers
Their next move could be a career-defining one and with greater experience in Europe will surely come greater opportunities in terms of transfers.
By signing a new contract, Rangers protect their interests with both players but it also ensures both players continue to develop a winning mentality, secure trophies and play at the highest level.
But it is clear that there will be competition for the signature of both players with Aribo and Kent previously being linked with moves to the Premier League.
Lately, Premier League trio Watford, Brentford and Crystal Palace have been mentioned alongside Joe Aribo whilst Ryan Kent has been a long-term target for Leeds United and has been linked to Aston Villa.
If Rangers are really as “positive” as van Bronckhorst suggests regarding their contracts, then tying down both players would represent a statement of major intent.