Noel Whelan suggests Rangers could price Ryan Kent out of a move to Leeds United this summer.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Glasgow giants are set to dig their heels in over their star winger after an approach from the Premier League side.

As revealed by Steven Gerrard on Friday, the club “very quickly” rejected an opening bid from Leeds as they look to keep hold of the 23-year-old.

Whelan insists that the Light Blues need the likes of Kent to stay on board if they are to challenge Celtic this season and suggests they will ramp up the price to ward off Leeds and other suitors.

Asked if Rangers could price Kent out of a move, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think they’re going to stand strong with these players. I think if they get rid of Morelos as well, you’re going to be losing two very good players, aren’t you?

“These are players they need in that squad to go and challenge Celtic. It would be very difficult to go and replace these players, especially when they know what the Scottish league is all about, how well they’ve done.

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“You are taking a risk at losing two of your better players. They need him for the European play-offs and if they’re going to be pushing to take the title away from Celtic and if you’re going to prise these players away, it’s going to be a very substantial offer.

“I think it might prove difficult.” 

Kent has already scored twice for Rangers in their opening four Premiership games.

He has a total of 80 appearances under his belt for the Gers, including in the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has ripped into a senior star who has “had enough time” to impress at Ibrox.