Celtic winger James Forrest is a reported target for Liverpool – and it could help Rangers land Ryan Kent permanently.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Reds are looking at the Celtic winger with a view to an £8million summer move.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: James Forrest of Celtic reacts after scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If he does make the move to Anfield, it would surely open the door for Rangers to turn Kent’s loan into a permanent switch.

Since arriving at Ibrox, Kent has made a big impression and was vital in the 1-0 Old Firm win last month.

The winger’s direct style has been a huge part of Steven Gerrard’s side’s form this season and an extended stay would be a popular move with fans.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Ryan Kent of Rangers takes a shot at goal during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gers’ director of football Mark Allen confirmed that they would look at a permanent move after Kent’s performances.

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It remains to be seen whether the interest in Forrest is genuine but if it is then it will only make life tougher for Kent at Anfield.

 

The winger has been on the fringes at Liverpool but has been loaned out regularly over recent seasons.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Knowing he’ll get regular games at Ibrox could help sway him towards a long-term deal with Rangers – as well as the difficulty of getting into Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Kent has made 24 appearances, scoring three times and contributing three assists, since joining the Gers on a season-long loan in the summer.