Steven Gerrard hailed Ryan Kent as the best player on the pitch in Rangers’ Old Firm defeat to Celtic as he showed how “he’s worth about £12million”.
The Ibrox manager has made it clear he wants Kent to return for a second season after being a big hit on loan from Liverpool this campaign.
Gerrard recognises Kent, 22, won’t come cheap but hopes the Rangers board can either agree another loan or secure a permanent transfer.
“He was excellent,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “It’s been in the papers all week about how he’s worth about £12m and it’s because of performances like that.
“I’m glad he’s getting that recognition. He was outstanding. When you are looking for people and asking who’s with me, when the challenge is more difficult at 10 men, to a man they were all with me.
“They were all with the fans, with Rangers. Ryan Kent stood out amongst that. He’s just a quality player.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard is right. Kent was head and shoulders above every other player on the pitch yesterday. Remarkably, he was even more effective when Rangers were reduced to 10 men and he became the point of the attack following Alfredo Morelos’ latest embarrassing self-destruction. Morelos has been talked about as a £20million player of late, but is Kent – who, at, 22, is the same age as the Colombian – a potentially even more effective operator. His pace, skill, directness and finishing ability shone in the Parkhead spotlight, not only with his beautifully taken goal but how he took the fight to Celtic late on, when the home side struggled to control his driving runs into their penalty box. He also showed evidence of a lack of self-control, and was fortunate not to be red-carded for lashing out at Scott Brown, but Kent demonstrated why he is a top young player who is really going places.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be REVEALED that the Ibrox club are on the verge of signing a player after agreeing the terms of a £15,000-a-week deal.