Noel Whelan has suggested Rangers could sell Ryan Kent at the end of the season if he does not commit his future to Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Livingston striker suggested Steven Gerrard could use the funds made from a potential sale to add “two, maybe three” players to help them potentially retain the title.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week Kent, 24, and Rangers are yet to hold new deal talks with the process delayed amid complications stemming from his change of agents.
This site broke the news last November the winger had changed representation from the Crown Agency back to his family, including his brother Casper Kent.
“Look, Ryan Kent is a player that is wanted by a lot of clubs,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“I think Steven Gerrard will not think about this situation until the end of the season. Kent’s situation will be reassessed at the end of the season. He might want to win the league and then move onto pastures new.
“As much as Rangers may want to tie him down, I am sure they will understand that if he does the job this season, a big-money move might come which benefits everyone.
“It could help Rangers if they spend the money wisely. They could sign one, two, maybe three players who could help them retain the league. He might be key to that. Sometimes you have to sacrifice one.”
Kent has played a key role in Rangers’ impressive campaign so far and has only missed two games across all competitions.
The Englishman has six goals and 11 assists in 24 appearances this season.
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