'Can Rangers afford it?' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to huge Ibrox contract reveal
Frank McAvennie has questioned whether Rangers could afford to offer Ryan Kent a new and improved contract.
The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the club would need to win the Scottish Premiership and do well in the Europa League to afford the 24-year-old’s wage demands.
Kent, who only last year signed a new four-year contract at Ibrox, has already contributed five goals and six assists this season.
Football Insider revealed last month that club chiefs are keen for the winger to renew terms for the second time in 18 months following his impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Leeds United had a £10million bid knocked back by Rangers in the summer after Kent made it clear he wanted to stay with Steven Gerrard’s side.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected the former Liverpool attacker to renew terms in Glasgow, McAvennie said: “It is not long since he last signed a contract extension.
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“I am not sure if Rangers could afford to pay him the money he would want to renew terms again.
“If they win the league and do well in the Europa League then there is a chance but who knows.
“He looks like he is enjoying himself though and it looks as if he is at ease. He is happy to play for Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister.
“They are huge names in football so I think the boys are learning a lot off them.”
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