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Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes Ryan Kent should move to Ibrox rather than sit on the Liverpool bench next season, writing in his Evening Times column.
Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that the club remain interested in doing a loan deal for the Reds winger after his successful spell at the club last season.
As yet there appears to have been no decision made, but Johnstone thinks that Ibrox could be the best place for the player next season.
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Writing in The Evening Times, the former striker said:
“The best he can hope for there, and this is no disrespect to Ryan because he is a smashing player, is to come off the bench here and there and maybe play in some cup games. That is down to the quality Liverpool have got.
“So he has to weigh up whether he comes back to Rangers, a place he knows well and where he enjoyed it last season, or he finds another club in England and Liverpool sell him.
“Rangers put four or five million quid on his value last season because of the experience he gained and the way that he played but now it is down to Ryan himself.
“He can’t be guaranteed anything at Anfield so if he wants to play regular football at a high level, and potentially win some silverware, then Rangers, working under Steven, is certainly an attractive option.
“Ryan loved his time up here and the European nights and the Old Firm games would have given him a taste for it. Come the end of the season, he could be a hero at Ibrox.”
Breaking into a UEFA Champions League winning first-team certainly seems like a tall order for Kent, and Johnstone is right to suggest his action at Anfield will be severely limited next season.
Jurgen Klopp will likely take a look at his progress during the Reds’ upcoming pre-season training but with the club aiming to win the English Premier League next season then there’ll be little scope for Kent to play regularly.
At Rangers he was building a solid reputation for himself and becoming more and more popular with supporters.
As loan moves go, there is barely a better place for him to get the first-team football he needs next season.