By Frank McAvennie

8th May, 2021 | 1:00pm

Talks next week: Kent can fire Rangers to Champions League success - pundit

Ryan Kent has the talent to shine against the ‘big boys’ when Rangers return to the Champions League next season.

That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rangers’ chances in the Champions League.

Football Insider has revealed that Kent has a gentleman’s agreement with Rangers to stay another season.

Sources have subsequently told Football Insider that the club will attempt to tie him down to a new deal with talks as soon as the campaign finishes next week.

Kent, 24, has played a key role in this season’s title success and Rangers’ impressive run in the Europa League.

The title win means Rangers have the chance to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in a decade.

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McAvennie claims Rangers will make the group stage of the competition and this will allow Kent to shine against quality opposition.

“Rangers have done so well in Europe,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“But the Champions League is a new challenge for them. The boy [Kent] has grown in stature this season.

“He still has a dodgy haircut for me but he’s an amazing talent. He’s the kind of player you enjoy watching.

“He’ll enjoy the Champions League, going up against the big boys. He’s got the talent to do it.

“He’s got the confidence too. They won’t slip up this year so they’ll make the group stage, then he can get at the big boys.”

Kent has now made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Gers this season.

He has picked up 12 goals and 14 assists in an excellent personal campaign for the Scottish Premiership champions.

In other news, the Light Blues have secured a game-changing transfer deal, claims Hutton.