Ryan Kent has been hailed as an “excellent” and “very exciting” player who Steven Gerrard will be “over the moon” to take to Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan has revealed how he has “watched a lot of him” in action during his various spells on loan from Liverpool and been impressed by his development.

Rangers sealed the blockbuster capture of Kent, 22, late last night for a fee rising to £7.5million, the second biggest in the club’s history.

Whelan is convinced it is a landmark deal that is a huge statement of intent from the Ibrox club.

“Rangers have got an excellent player,” the BBC radio pundit told Football Insider. “Ryan Kent is very exciting, quick, can create and score goals, beat a player, shoot with both feet and has already showed he can be a matchwinner in Scotland and in the [English] Championship.

“I watched a lot of him when he was on loan in the Championship. You could see the talent he had when he was at Barnsley, the first time I saw him he scored, was quick and direct and showed he was an intelligent player.

“I’m sure Steven Gerrard is over the moon to get him. He has had a season at Rangers, showed what he can do and wanted to move there permanently.

“He will help them a lot. Can he help Rangers beat Celtic to the league? Not necessarily, but we saw last season how influential he can be. He will go o to achieve great things at Rangers.”

Kent ended his debut campaign in Glasgow with the Scottish PFA young player of the year award after scoring six goals and supplying nine assists from 43 matches.

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