Rangers winger Ryan Kent may delay contract talks until the summer as the prospect grows of a Premier League move, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner said Gers boss Steven Gerrard will be bracing himself for the 24-year-old’s potential exit at the end of the season.
Kent has been in fine form for the Light Blues this season and scored the opener in a 5-0 thrashing of Ross County at Ibrox on Saturday.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Kent and Rangers are yet to hold new talks over an extension.
The process has been delayed amid complications that have stemmed from his change of agents – the winger left Crown Agency to be represented by his family in November.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Kent’s future, Phillips said:
“Ryan Kent might wait until the end of the season before he commits to a new deal. It is only natural that he will want to delay talks until the summer.
“If they win the title, which looks very likely, he may reconsider his future. He has done extremely well up there and he is still a fairly young lad. He might think, ‘What else can I achieve?’
“No disrespect to the Scottish league but he may want to test himself in the Premier League – the best league in the world.
“Stevie G knows that himself. He will want Kent to sign but he is not daft, he knows it will be tempting for him if a Premier League club come calling.”