By Wayne Veysey

18th Nov, 2020 | 12:37pm

Exclusive: Big Ryan Kent contract talks twist at Rangers

Ryan Kent has switched agents in a major complication to talks over a new Rangers contract, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news last month that the Light Blues are keen to reward the winger, 24, with a new and improved contract that reflects his enhanced status in the team.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Kent is no longer represented by the Crown Football agency.

The in-form attacker is now being looked after by his family, including brother Casper Kent, who was with Ryan when he completed a permanent Rangers transfer last year.

It remains to be seen if this change will have a major effect on Kent’s talks with Rangers over a new deal.

Club chiefs are willing to put him in line with their top earners like Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe, Scott Arfield and James Tavernier.

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He penned a four-year deal worth around £20,000-a-week when he signed permanently from Liverpool last year for around £7million.

The new package would be likely to be in excess of the £28,000-a-week mark, which is the base line for the top player salaries at Ibrox.

Morelos and Tavernier have steadily increased their pay with salary rises during their stays in Glasgow, while Defoe and Arfield benefited from joining on free transfers and were able to negotiate top-dollar deals.

Kent has been in outstanding form in the new campaign started and has supplanted Morelos as the biggest matchwinner in Steven Gerrard’s side.

The winger has made 19 appearances for Rangers this season, scoring five goals and providing six assists.

Football Insider exclusively revealed in September that Kent has a £20million release clause in his contract.

That opened the door to a new bid from Leeds after they had an earlier £10m offer knocked back but Kent was keen to remain in Glasgow.

In other news, Rangers are “very keen” to seal blockbuster deal by 1 January as talks lined up.