The vast majority of Rangers fans will be hoping they can sign Ryan Kent on a permanent deal in the summer, but a recent report from the Daily Record suggests they could be priced out of the deal.
The Daily Record claim that Steven Gerrard, who is hoping to make Kent’s move permanent in the summer, feels he is already fighting a losing battle to keep the 22-year-old at Ibrox, with clubs at the lower end of the Premier League as well as Championship clubs potentially willing to meet Liverpool’s asking price.
Speaking of the asking price, the same report claims that his parent club will demand a fee between £8m and £10m – a huge sum of money for a club of Rangers’ limited financial power.
And sources have claimed that Liverpool believe this summer represents the perfect opportunity to sell a player who has failed to boost his stock in four previous loan spells.
From Liverpool’s perspective, Kent’s season couldn’t have gone much better. He is clearly below the standard required to break into the first-team at Anfield and his loan move was merely a feasible way of placing him in the shop window.
However, for a club of Rangers’ stature and torrid financial history, it’s fair to say that the reported price-tag is extortionate, especially when considered in the context of his past failures.
Sky Sports journalist Charles Paterson has described Kent as a player who “has shown flashes of brilliance when he’s been fit”.
Relatively speaking, that verdict is not one which you would attribute to a player commanding a price-tag of up to £10 million.
Kent has been electric on his day and a devastatingly creative spark when in full flow, but how often does that day come round?
If Rangers are to progress and genuinely challenge the status quo in Scottish football they need more than just sporadic bursts of quality from a £10 million player; they need consistent quality and preferably at a modest price.
The Gers faithful will undoubtedly rue Kent’s departure but, as Paterson has hinted, he is overpriced for a player whose brilliance has been limited to flashes.