Rangers will be valuing Ryan Kent at three times more than they paid for him at more than £20million.
That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s second-most expensive signing after Dave King’s £103m squad claim.
The winger, who turned 23 earlier this month, has had a stop-start campaign following his protracted £7.5million transfer, partly due to injury.
“Ryan Kent is a potential superstar,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Alfredo Morelos is the most valuable player at Rangers, but Kent can’t be too far behind.
“You look at his goal against Hamilton – the quality he has got is beyond most players in Scotland. And that’s why Rangers spent £7.5million on him.
“He’s young, exciting, he’s going to improve and, if he listens to Steven Gerrard and his staff, you’re looking at a £20million-plus player in a few years. That’s what Wilson and the board will think.
“Matchwinners are worth their weight in gold. Getting him back to full fitness gives Gerrard a massive asset.”
Kent’s wonder strike against Hamilton was his first of the season, in which he has been reduced to six starts among eight appearances.
He spent last season on loan at Ibrox, which ended with him claiming the Scottish young player of the year award, before he signed permanently on deadline day in the summer.