Ryan Kent has had his head turned by Rangers after once again being omitted from the Liverpool Under-23s team, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline striker is convinced that the winger is pushing hard to join the Scottish giants behind the scenes.

Kent has been absent from the Liverpool development side for the last two matches despite being fully fit.

It comes at a time when Rangers have held extensive talks with the Champions League holders about re-signing the 22-year-old, with Football Insider revealing that a loan-to-buy offer worth around £6million had been submitted.

“There’s more to it than meets the eye,” Whelan told Football Insider. “If Ryan Kent was happy playing for the Liverpool second string and wasn’t interested in joining Rangers, he would have played the last two matches, simple as that.

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“He’s apparently fit, so there’s no injury there. He’s obviously desperate to carry on where he left off last season and join up again with Stevie Gerrard.

“He’s just had the best season of his life, showed he can win games in Scotland and be a hero at a massive club. The Rangers fans love him and are desperate for him to go back, which tells you a lot.

“I think he should re-join Rangers. He’s not going to play for Liverpool as there’s two many brilliant players blocking his path. You can see why he wants to join Rangers, but they’re going to need to agree a price with Liverpool, first.”

Kent ended his debut campaign at Ibrox with the Scottish young player of the year award.

Manager Gerrard has made no secret of his desire to re-sign Kent, although Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the attacker will only leave permanently and not on another loan.

In other Rangers news, a medical has been completed as club agree to pay six-figure fee for Ibrox player.