Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has unearthed some gems in the transfer market in recent years to help the club to win trophies.
The Light Blues have won the Scottish Cup and the Premiership during his time at the helm, and the likes of Calvin Bassey and Ianis Hagi – who were signed by the ex-Southampton chief – played a role in those successes.
He arrived in Glasgow after Steven Gerrard’s first three transfer windows at the helm, and the former Liverpool captain was able to strike some gold of his own in the market prior to Wilson joining the Ibrox club.
One of the former England international’s first signings in charge of the Gers was winger Ryan Kent on loan from Anfield in the summer of 2018, and the attacker enjoyed a solid debut campaign at Rangers with six goals and six assists in 27 Premiership matches.
After that loan spell, Gerrard was keen to snap him up on a permanent basis and convinced the club to sign him on a four-year contract for a fee reported to be in the region of £7m.
That decision has turned out to be a phenomenal one for Rangers, as the winger has flourished at Ibrox and become a key player over the course of several years.
Kent’s former Gers team-mate Leon Balogun described him as a “wing wizard” and the 25-year-old’s statistics back that up, as he has produced 30 goals and 50 assists in 184 appearances in all competitions for the Glasgow giants.
At the time of his permanent move to Scotland, Transfermarkt valued him at just £1.58m. At the time of writing (28/09/22), that valuation has soared to a whopping £15.75m, which is an increase of roughly 897%, and 125% more than the £7m that they reportedly paid for his services.
This shows that he has developed exponentially since moving to Rangers, and that is a credit to Gerrard for spotting him and making him a key member of the team on the pitch, along with Giovanni van Bronckhorst for continuing to rely on the Englishman out wide.
Kent racked up an eye-catching 19 assists in 43 competitive games for the club last season as the Dutch head coach led the team to the Europa League final and won the Scottish Cup. The Light Blues forward played in 13 of their 14 matches in Europe and chipped in with one goal and five assists from out wide, as he made his presence felt on the continental stage.
This season, he has set up three goals in five Premiership outings and continues to be a star turn for the Light Blues in attack, with the ex-Barnsley loanee still having plenty more to give at the age of 25. He can continue to grow his value by putting in strong performances on the pitch, and hopefully he will enjoy another successful campaign in 2022/23.
Gerrard struck gold by signing Kent on a permanent basis in 2019, and Van Bronckhorst will now be hoping that he looks back with similar fondness in a few years’ time on a few of the players that Wilson has signed for him in the last two transfer windows.