By Alex McLeish

20th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

McLeish makes Rangers 'game-changer' claim after Ryan Kent release clause reveal

Alex McLeish has backed Rangers to fight tooth and nail to keep Ryan Kent at Ibrox ahead of transfer deadline day.

The former Gers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Steven Gerrard would find it “extremely difficult” to replace the 24-year-old “game-changer”.

As reported by the Athletic’s Jordan Campbell (August 19th), Gerrard would fight harder to keep Kent over another other player at Ibrox.

As first revealed by Football Insider, Kent has a £20million release clause in his contract.

Long-term admirers Leeds are said to have tabled the best offer for Kent in the past with a £12million-plus bid.

However, as detailed by this site in April, the Whites moved on to other targets this summer.

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McLeish suggested Gerrard would have to adapt his tactics, rather than find a like-for-like replacement, were Kent to leave.

Asked if Rangers could afford to lose Kent, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t think so, in the current climate.

“Replacing him would be extremely difficult. Unless Gerrard’s looking at experimenting or thought of something else where he could play a different system.

“Something to keep the domination of Rangers upon other teams when they play against them.

“He is a kind of game-changer. That would be a big blow for Rangers and the fans if they were to lose him at this moment.”

Kent has scored 27 goals and contributed 30 assists in 132 appearances for Rangers so far.

His current contract, signed in 2019, is set to expire in 2023.

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