Ryan Kent is a “Wow” player who’s so good he’s “Frightening” for Rangers’ opponents in Scotland, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Dunfermline, Aberdeen and Livingston striker has been hugely impressed by the winger and revealed he was a big fan even before he headed to Ibrox on loan.
Kent, 22, has scored six goals from 23 league appearances for Rangers, which have been supplemented by six assists in the competition, in the most productive season of his young career.
The wide forward is set to return to parent club Liverpool at the end of the season, with Steven Gerrard making it publicly clear he wants to re-sign him next season, either on loan or permanently.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained why Kent is destined for big things wherever his future lies.
“I first saw him when he was on loan at Barnsley and I thought, ‘wow, what a player’, Whelan said. “He’s got so many attributes that are frightening for defenders – pace, skill, directness and the ability to shoot off either foot.
“He has quick feet and can move the ball around defenders, which makes him unpredictable as well. His numbers in terms of goals and assists weren’t great before he joined Rangers, but the potential was always there to see.
“He has got better and better as this season has gone on, and has clearly benefited from playing for Stevie. No wonder he is so keen to keep him, I’m sure he would do brilliantly next season.”
Kent has a contract at Liverpool that runs until the summer of 2022 and the club will decide in the summer whether to introduce him into the first-team fold, loan him out again for a sixth time or sell him permanently.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are in talks to terminate the contract of a £20,000-a-week Ibrox player.