Pundit View: Stubbs is wrong to rule out another Rangers loan for Kent

Rangers fans and Steven Gerrard would all love to sign Ryan Kent again this summer, but former St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs believes the Gers have absolutely no chance.

What’s the word?

Well, The Scottish Sun reported recently that Gerrard would like to sign Kent again this summer, after the winger has enjoyed a phenomenal debut campaign at Ibrox.

Kent, who is on a season-long loan from Liverpool, has six goals and nine assists in all competitions, and he set up the deciding goal in the club’s only Old Firm win of the season.

Fans are desperate to sign him permanently too, but Stubbs, who lasted less than three months and won just two games during his most recent managerial role at St Mirren, believes the lure of the Premier League will be too great for the 22 year-old.

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“I would be surprised if Ryan Kent is still there next year,” he told the Scottish Football Extra Show on BT Sport (28/04/19).

“The season that he has had, I think there will be other suitors maybe down south queuing up to take him.”

Verdict

With all due respect to Kent, it seems unlikely that Premier League sides will be “queuing up” to sign him this summer.

Norwich, Sheffield United and whoever joins the promoted pair through the play-offs will have learned from Fulham’s mistakes of last summer, and will likely avoid revamping their squad with loads of new signings and Premier League loans.

In fact, Stubbs is perhaps being a little naive to suggest a player with just six goals in 40 games in Scotland could cut the mustard in the world’s greatest division.

Then one has to consider the relationship between Gerrard and Liverpool and the trust the boss and Kent have with one another, and suddenly a move looks more than possible.

After Liverpool quoted the Gers at a whopping £12m to sign Kent permanently, another loan deal seems the most likely option, and fans should ignore the judgement from a man whose last 23 games as a manager have yielded just three wins.