Alan Hutton insists it would be “devastating” for Rangers to lose Ryan Kent before the end of the transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender admits he would not sell the attacker for any price after his dazzling start to the season.
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday, the 23-year-old has a £20million release clause in his contract and Leeds United are plotting a last-gasp bid.
The Premier League side are understood to have tabled a £10million bid for the winger but will need to double their offer to prise him from Ibrox.
However, Hutton insists that Kent is priceless to Steven Gerrard and insists the Gers must not be tempted to sell for any sort of fee whatsoever.
“If it was me, honestly, it sounds daft but it doesn’t matter what the price would be, I would say no,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He’s that important to Rangers and everything they do. Everything goes through him – if you’re struggling, get him on the ball. He can take people on, he can score goals, he can make things happen, he’s quick, he works hard.
“You just have to look at the different attitudes – Morelos was talking about leaving and his attitude became terrible, his head was turned. Kent went the opposite way – the bid came in for him and he got better.
“It was as if he wanted people to prove to people he was worth that, worth more and he just really worked really hard. No matter what the price was, I would say no because it would be devastating to Rangers if they let him go.”
Kent, who has played all across the front line, has scored four goals and contributed a further three assists for the Light Blues already this season.
The Gers’ attack has been bolstered by the arrival of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten over the summer, while Ianis Hagi turned his loan move permanent.