By Wayne Veysey
Rangers have been handed a major boost in their bid to re-sign Ryan Kent for a second season, Football Insider can reveal.
The Glasgow giants are working on a deal to beat Leeds United, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to the signature of that Liverpool winger for what would be a loan fee well in excess of £1million.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club are in pole position ahead of Leeds to land Kent if the Champions League winners give the green light for the player to go out on loan again.
Kent is also keen to continue his development under Steven Gerrard for another campaign after his first season in Glasgow ended with the Scottish PFA young player of the year award.
However, Liverpool are still weighing up the possibility of selling Kent permanently, which would rule Rangers completely out of the running.
The Merseyside giants value the 22-year-old at around the £10-12million mark, a fee well beyond the Ibrox club even if they sell prize asset Alfredo Morelos this summer.
Rangers are instead hoping Liverpool decide to hang on to Kent for another year and hope a stellar season in Glasgow would increase his price tag towards the £20million mark.
Gerrard has made no secret of his admiration for Kent, or his desire to bring the Anfield academy product back for another campaign after he made such an impact last season.
Kent had comfortably the best loan spell of the five in his career so far, scoring six goals and supplying nine assists from 43 matches in all competitions, and delivering a series of matchwinning performances.