Ryan Kent has a gentleman’s agreement with Rangers to stay another season but he may hold back from signing a new contract, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed last month that the 24-year-old plans to snub interest from down south led by Leeds United to remain at Ibrox next season.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the club are keen to tie Kent down to a new deal that runs beyond its current 2023 expiry.
But the player is in no rush to commit to an extension, and is keeping his long-term options open.
Football Insider exclusively revealed last September that Kent has a £20million release clause in his current contract.
Rangers are keen to increase the sum of that clause, or remove it altogether.
But Kent may prefer to leave it as it is and hold off committing to a new deal, as that would make it easier to him to quit next year if he chooses.
Nevertheless, it is said by those close to the situation that the attacker feels a “loyalty” to manager Steven Gerrard and is keen to have a crack at next seasons’ Champions League.
Kent has developed into one of the outstanding players in the Scottish league and is a contender for the player-of-the-season award.
He is one of the first names on the teamsheet at Rangers, where he is finishing the most productive campaign of his career.
The wide man provided his 14th assist of the season in Sunday’s 4-1 demolition of Celtic that have been backed up by 12 goals from his 50 matches in all competitions.