As the end of the season approaches, Rangers have a good chance of securing some silverware.
They are through to the Scottish Cup final and have a realistic chance of reaching the Europa League showpiece, despite trailing 1-0 from the first leg of their semi-final tie.
One major problem that Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces, though, is the number of players who are out of contract at the end of next season. The Dutchman faces a big summer ahead, and one such player should be getting tied down to a new deal as soon as possible.
Ryan Kent was arguably Steven Gerrard’s marquee signing when he was in charge of Rangers. Having initially signed on loan in 2018, the winger made the move permanently for £7.5m the following summer and has been a star at Ibrox ever since.
The 25-year-old has played 169 matches for the club, scoring 30 goals and registering 45 assists. That is a very impressive return for a left winger and some of those contributions have been massive, such as his goal in a 2-1 win against Celtic at the end of 2019.
His performances have earned plenty of praise, with pundit Frank McAvennie claiming that the 25-year-old is “irreplaceable” for Rangers and the £52k-p/w maestro should start every game for Van Bronckhorst’s side.
The 47-year-old could build his team around the likes of Kent and Alfredo Morelos if he succeeds in tying them down to long-term deals. Winning a trophy or two this season could also be vital as an incentive to play in the Champions League next term.
The Dutchman will have the summer to rejig the playing squad and stamp his authority on the squad by making his own signings. However, his most important pieces of business of could well be the securing of key Rangers players on new long-term contracts at Ibrox, with Kent being a prime example of that.
If the 25-year-old is allowed to run down his current deal without an extension being agreed, it would be disastrous from the club and would leave the Gers faithful livid.