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Rangers summer loan signing Sheyi Ojo has revealed that Ryan Kent helped convince him to make the move to Glasgow, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Ojo arrived at Ibrox last week on a season-long loan from Liverpool and is set to compete for places on the wing in Steven Gerrard’s first-team, just like Kent did last season on a similar deal from the Anfield club.
The 22-year-old appears to be enjoying life as part of the squad already and has given an insight into how he made the decision to make the switch to the Scottish Premiership.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
“Every footballer needs that opportunity to feel loved and Ryan showed that last season when he had the backing of the manager.
“He had a great season and became a favourite with the fans. Hopefully I can do the same and show everyone what I can do. I spoke to him before I joined and he said he loved it up here.
“He spoke highly of the staff, the players and the fans.
“He said that from every point of view it was the best loan you could have. As soon as Rangers wanted to sign me I didn’t have anything to think about. It was straightforward.
“I can’t control any of the stuff about the possibility of Ryan coming back but if he came then it would be just like in the academy.
“Hopefully we can be tearing up the league.”
The way Kent sold Ojo the Rangers move certainly suggests that if the winger is to head out on loan again next season that Ibrox would be one of his preferred destinations.
If it’s the “best loan you could have”, where else would he rather be if he cannot be part of the Liverpool first-team squad?
That kind of glowing report keeps the hope of a move alive heading deeper into the summer.
Assistant manager Gary McAllister revealed earlier this week that the club are still working on making Kent a part of the team’s plans next season but that there could be permanent interest from elsewhere.
How it all pans out remains to be seen, but Rangers fans should be buoyed by the fact that Kent is actively helping the club land other loan players this summer.