It was a long wait for Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, and the transfer window went right to the wire, with the 54-time Scottish champions concluding their business with a loan swoop for Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu on deadline day.
Zungu became the club’s seventh summer arrival, joining the likes of Ianis Hagi, Leon Balogun, Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe at the Ibrox outfit. And these new signings have already made a massive difference as Rangers sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, a point clear of arch-rivals Celtic, though all of this could change when the two sides meet in a matter of weeks.
According to Football Insider, Rangers chiefs are ready to offer Ryan Kent a bumper new deal to fend off interest from Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. While Gerrard will know he has his work cut out to stop Neil Lennon’s side in their tracks, the Gers must do everything they can to convince Leeds target Kent to sign a new deal.
The Whites wanted to take the highly-rated left winger to Elland Road but Rangers rebuffed a £10m bid from the Premier League side after Kent indicated he wanted to stay at Ibrox. Sources close to the situation confirmed that the club are prepared to give him a new and improved package. However, as we all know, anything can happen between now and the start of the winter transfer window.
Whilst the 23-year-old’s current contract is set to expire in 2023, an extension and an increase in wages would make it easier to warn away any potential suitors. Recent reports revealed his contract contains a £20m release clause which could also be renegotiated.
Once lauded as a “wonderful player” by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and recently being described as being “on fire” by teammate Scott Arfield, the former England U20 international has played 10 games in the Scottish Premiership this season, scoring four goals and supplying one assist so far, whilst averaging 3.3 shots, 2.5 key passes and 2.7 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, Hagi has managed to muster a single goal and five assists, at the same time as taking 2.6 shots, 1.6 key passes, and fewer than one dribble per game, via WhoScored.
If Rangers are to regain their title, we suspect the £3.15m-rated playmaker will have an important part to play. Get it done, Gers, before it is too late.