Danny Mills has been left raving over Liverpool allowing Ryan Kent to leave Anfield and join Rangers on a permanent deal this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Reds appear to have done what was “morally the right thing” in giving the winger the green light to swap Merseyside for Glasgow.
The Gers confirmed on Monday evening they had secured the permanent capture of the 22-year-old after his season-long loan at Ibrox during the 2018/19 campaign.
The winger has signed a four-year-deal with the Gers after spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 2, 2019
Mills says that with the amount of talent already on Liverpool’s books, they did the right thing in letting him go and that the permanent move will help him achieve his goals as a young football player.
Mills told Football Insider: “You get to the point where you’ve got so many good young players, you think: ‘Actually, let’s do the decent thing and what’s right for the player long-term. Are we going to make some money out of an academy product? Yes. If we keep him here, is it going to help his development? Not really.’
“Was he going to get into the first-team in the next couple of years? Probably not. All credit to Liverpool. They’ve gone: ‘Yes, we’d like to keep him, but we’ll get a decent fee for him and actually letting him leave will help the player, give him a chance of becoming what he wants to be.’
“That’s good business and it’s morally the right thing to do. We don’t often see that from football clubs.”
Kent played a total of 43 matches for Rangers last season, 40 of those coming in the starting XI, as he earned the SPFA’s Young Player of the Year award.
His move came just a day after the Light Blues were beaten 2-0 at home by Glasgow and title rivals Celtic in the first Old Firm showdown of the season.