By Noel Whelan

23rd Nov, 2020 | 4:55pm

'Absolutely Brilliant, Nobody Can Get Near Him' - Whelan in awe of Rangers player

Noel Whelan lauded Ryan Kent after he produced a man-of-the-match performance to help Rangers move 11 points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said the 24-year-old was “absolutely brilliant” at Ibrox yesterday.

Kent scored the first goal and assisted the third as Steven Gerrard’s capitalised on Celtic 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday by beating Aberdeen 4-0 yesterday.

Football Insider revealed earlier today that the club will offer the winger a new deal worth around £30,000-a-week to lift him alongside the likes of top earners Jermain Defoe, Scott Arfield, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox.

Speculation surrounding a move to Leeds United intensified again last week after the player ended his association with the Crown Football agency.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Kent’s performance for the Light Blues on Sunday, Whelan said: “Performance-wise, Ryan Kent was absolutely brilliant.

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“He scores one, sets one up and was always involved in the play for Rangers. He is a fantastic player and nobody can get near him right now.

“The first goal was a lovely little nutmeg. He is showing such great attacking presence.

“Rangers are scoring goals for fun at the moment. It was the first time Aberdeen had conceded away from home in the league this season and they have conceded four.” 

In other Rangers news, Gabby Agbonlahor has told Football Insider Steven Gerrard has the “perfect player” in the dressing room to lead title charge.