Alex McLeish has claimed Steven Gerrard may have persuaded Ryan Kent to stay at Rangers because he would not get in the Leeds United team every match.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former treble-winning Ibrox manager claimed the in-form attacker could have accepted his future is best served by remaining in Glasgow.
Leeds had an offer of £8.5million rising to a potential £10m knocked back by Rangers earlier this window and have now turned their attention to signing Udinese playmaker Rodrigo De Paul.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is keen to recruit a dynamic player who can carry the ball forward, create and score goals.
McLeish believes Kent and Gerrard are likely to be in agreement that he will develop better playing every match for Rangers than being in and out of the Leeds starting XI.
“Well, if I’m looking at the Premier League and the strength of the squads they have down there and the level of the football they’re playing at then I would think he would kind of be in the rotation order, I don’t know if he would be an absolute first-choice for Bielsa every single week,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“Maybe he sees that could be the case, who knows? Steven’s probably had chats with him as well and told him maybe similar things or he doesn’t feel ready yet.
“Players can have that attitude as well but he’s a player who will surely gather in confidence the more he plays, the more little tricks he learns, the more he’ll see his speed and his cleverness can outwit a defender and once he starts doing that absolutely every single week then Rangers won’t want to see him out of the team.”
Kent has started all seven of Rangers’ SPL matches this season, scoring four goals and supplying two assists.
Now in his third season at Ibrox, he is playing some of the best football of a career that yielded the Scottish young player of the year gong after his debut campaign.