'It's Unfair' - Darren Bent reacts to mega-money Rangers transfer reveal via Athletic
Darren Bent has insisted suitors will have to pay “serious money” to prise any of the Rangers squad away from Ibrox after their impressive performances this season.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested prices paid for players from Scotland have been “unfair” in the past but that the Gers’ European displays will have proven their worth.
A study conducted by football data analysis firm 21st Club and relayed by the Athletic states that the Gers’ squad is worth an approximate £170million.
Ryan Kent is said to be the highest-valued player at Ibrox with an £18million price, while the likes of Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos follow closely at £16million and £13million respectively.
Bent admitted that clubs have undervalued players from the Scottish top-flight in the past but insisted that this season’s form means Rangers will not be losing their players on the cheap.
Bent told Football Insider: “I think sometimes it’s unfair when people say it’s only the Scottish league because, at the end of the day, they can only play who they’re playing against. There’s not a lot they can do about it, if they’re playing well against whoever they do, that’s all they can do.
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“The fact that they have taken that form into Europe as well, will make people look and go: ‘You know what, maybe they can step up to a higher level in Europe as well.’ The test will come not only in the group stages – you get some poor teams in the group stages – but when you get out of the group, you get some of the big hitters, some of the ones who dropped out the Champions League.
“That’s when we start to see what the squad is made of and some of these players but, right now, some of their players are making a real case that they could play in the Premier League.
“You look at a lot of people who have come down from Scotland, there have been some who couldn’t quite hack it but you look at some of the ones who have come down, like Van Dijk, Wanyama, Steven Davis has been back and forth, Barry Ferguson, (James) McFadden.
“There have been quite a few that have come from the Scottish League and done really well and made a name for themselves on how to me – Alan Hutton, one of our own. So now, I don’t think there is a drop off.
“People are trusting that they can hold their own when it comes down to the Premier League. I suppose if the negative thing that he does lose players, he knows he’s not going to lose them on the cheap, he knows people will have to come and pay serious money for them.”
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has been left drooling over “brilliant” Ibrox ace who was “under threat” of the axe.