By Alex McLeish

5th Sep, 2020 | 8:30am

Exclusive: McLeish suggests Rangers board 'Melting point' as Leeds up Ryan Kent bid

Alex McLeish has insisted the Rangers board will have a “melting point” at which they will cave in and sanction the sale of Ryan Kent to Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former treble-winning Ibrox manager claimed “there’s always at price” at which the Glasgow giants will sell their top talent to the “all powerful Premier League” clubs.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds are working on a second offer for Kent after their initial bid of £8.5million plus £1.5m of add-ons was knocked back by Rangers.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a big admirer of Kent and is keen to recruit a young and dynamic player who can carry the ball forward, create and score goals.

“There’s always a price, there’s no doubt about that, there’s always a price and you know the Premier League, it’s all powerful,” McLeish told Football Insider. “We were talking about everyone being bankrupt after Covid-19 but the prices are still getting bandied about and if the ante goes up, there will obviously be a melting point that Rangers would probably find difficult to refuse.

“Ryans probably been empowered by the fact that there are teams out there looking at him as well, Leeds United in the Premier League now.

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“I think he’s pledged his allegiances to Rangers in the meantime but you saw what he did at Celtic Park last season and if he plays to that level, the expectations will be on him to give that level every single game.

Kent has started all six of Rangers’ SPL matches this season, scoring three goals and supplying two assists.

Now in his third season at Ibrox, he is playing some of the best football of a career that yielded the Scottish young player of the year gong after his debut campaign.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told defender to join a new club as Ibrox terms agreed.