Kevin Phillips has told Rangers fans exactly what they want to hear by claiming Ryan Kent will stay in Glasgow beyond this window after the club rejected an opening bid from Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former European golden shoe winner claimed the 23-year-old was “comfortable” at Rangers.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said this morning the Scottish giants have rejected an opening bid that was “nowhere near his valuation”.
“The fans love him also and Leeds will need to respect that, they need to really think hard if they want to come in again,” Gerrard said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Leeds’ interest dates back to last summer before the winger joined the Teddy Bears on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell.
Asked by Football Insider whether he could see the 23-year-old making an impact in the Premier League, Phillips said: “It could be difficult but I think he’s got talent.
“I read a quote yesterday saying he wanted to stay at Rangers and I can see why because, no disrespect to Scottish football, but it’s not the same level as the Premier League.
“If you’re going to come to a club that’s just got into the Premier League it’s going to be very, very difficult.
“Is he going to see as much of the ball as he does at Rangers week in and week out? Can he make an impact?
“I’m not saying he couldn’t, but he’s fairly comfortable up at Rangers, he knows Steven Gerrard, he knows what it’s all about.
“I see him staying at Rangers at least for another season and really try and challenge Celtic for a league title.”
Kent has has already scored twice in four games this season.
He won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in his debut campaign for Rangers.