By Noel Whelan

12th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Rangers 'worried' about Ryan Kent following Gerrard to Aston Villa - pundit

Ryan Kent could follow Steven Gerrard from Rangers to Aston Villa, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old is admired by Gerrard “a great deal”.

The pair worked together in Liverpool’s youth setup, with Gerrard bringing the Englishman to Rangers when he took the reins at Ibrox in 2018.

The winger signed on an initial loan which turned permanent the following year for a reported £7million.

A source with knowledge of Kent’s situation has told Football Insider that Villa and Leeds are among the clubs who have been keeping tabs on him.

Kent has scored 28 and registered 33 assists in 139 games for Rangers since moving north of the border.

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Gerrard was confirmed as the new manager at Aston Villa yesterday (November 11th) after the sacking of Dean Smith earlier this week.

The Midlands side sit just two points outside of the Premier League relegation zone after losing their last five games.

Whelan claimed the financial superiority of Villa could mean Rangers are powerless to avoid losing their best assets.

“We’ve seen it happen many times, players following their old managers – Rafa Benitez, for example,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I’m sure there will be movement with Newcastle, as well, Eddie Howe will be looking at names he trusts.

“You know what you’re going to get – is the main advantage of bringing players with you. The main one Rangers have to be worried about is Ryan Kent, for me.

“He’s known him from his time at Liverpool, and he’s been a fantastic servant for Gerrard up at Rangers. I know he’s under contract at Ibrox, but money talks – and Aston Villa have got money.

“I’m sure Gerrard will admire Kent a great deal. Can Rangers keep hold of him if Gerrard comes knocking?”

In other news, Aston Villa in advanced talks to land four more major deals.