Ryan Kent’s deadline day deal could make a big difference for Rangers
The Liverpool star, who impressed with 6 goals and 9 assists in 43 appearances for the Gers on loan at Ibrox last season, was understood to be one of Steven Gerrard’s top targets for the summer but a permanent deal never really looked on the cards due to the Reds’ asking price for the youngster.
However, Rangers once again reaped rich rewards from Gerrard’s connections to Anfield, with the Gers finally managing to negotiate a suitable fee for Kent.
Indeed, the Gers would have found it extremely difficult to get a deal for the 23-year-old over the line this summer had it not been for their healthy working relationship with Liverpool.
The Gers had to beat off competition from a number of Championship clubs, Russian outfit Krasnodar, as well as from a number of French clubs, to bring Kent back to Ibrox on a permanent deal. (h/t BBC)
As per the report, a 20 per cent sell-on clause has also been inserted in the deal by Liverpool, who seemingly believe that Kent has the potential to hit great heights north of the border and eventually earn a big-money move to a Premier League club.
Nevertheless, after a long and eventful transfer saga that saw Kent linked with a multitude of clubs during the summer transfer window, Rangers should be delighted with the fact that they managed to use their pulling power to have the final say.
The Oldham-born star came through the door as the tenth new signing at the club this summer and he is expected to link up with the squad after the international break.
Kent was one of the regular names on Gerrard’s teamsheet last season and the manager might as well pour himself a celebratory drink after managing to secure a deal for one of the stars of the previous campaign.
To put things into perspective, the acquisition of Kent on the deadline day might just prove to be the push that Rangers needed to give themselves a realistic chance of ending Celtic’s dominance on the domestic front in Scotland.
Despite enjoying a good start to the new campaign, the Gers have missed the services of Kent, who was such an influential presence for the club down the flanks last season.
The home defeat to Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season was a reality check for Rangers which silenced the title-noise at Ibrox but the fans are likely to be ecstatic with the arrival of Kent.
Besides starring in a couple of victories over the Hoops last season, Kent provided a key creative outlet for the Gers from the left-hand side of the pitch and one would expect him to slot seamlessly into Gerrard’s preferred 4-3-3 system once again this term.
Also, with more exciting talent like Jordan Jones and Joe Aribo now in the ranks at Ibrox, it will be intriguing to see how the manager sorts out his team dynamics to extract the best out of the former Liverpool man.
One of the big talking points of Rangers’ defeat in the derby was their failure to make much of an impression from the flanks, something which is likely to be sorted out by the arrival of Kent.
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All in all, Rangers still have an uphill task ahead of them if they are to beat Celtic to the title but the deadline day deal for Kent could make all the difference.