Glasgow Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has described Ibrox winger Ryan Kent as a “£20million player in the making” amid reported interest from south of the border.
The Rangers ace is said to be on the radar of English Premier League side Leeds, who were reported by the Scottish Sun to have launched a £10million bid earlier this week.
Kent enjoyed a bright season on loan at Rangers from Liverpool in 2018-19, scoring six goals and registering six assists in 23 Premiership appearances.
This prompted Steven Gerrard to splash out a reported £7million for the player last September, and he was tipped to be a game-changer in the Ibrox side’s quest for title number 55.
While 2019-20 ended up being a somewhat disappointing campaign for Kent, he has hit the ground running this time round, netting two goals from four Scottish Premiership games.
“All the talk over the last few days has been of a possible bid from Leeds for the 23-year-old and I’ve heard a few folk now saying it might make sense for the club to cash in,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.
“But I’d bet my life that Steven Gerrard isn’t one of them. Take £10m for Kent and bring in three new players? What planet are these guys on?
“Gerrard could spend the whole lot on just one new arrival and it wouldn’t be enough to replace like with like.
“We’re talking here about a seriously talented football player and when I look at him I see someone who has not yet fulfilled all of his potential.
“Rangers would be crazy to even contemplate letting him go at that price because he’s a £20m player in the making and I truly believe he’s ready right now to take his game to another level.”
Kent has kicked on massively this season and, being just 23 and contracted to the club until 2023, it would be baffling for Rangers to let him move on at this stage.
As Ferguson says, Kent has so much more untapped potential that, over the next season or two, could develop into something more, so letting him go now would be foolish.
It could be that, two or three years down the line, Kent has helped Rangers to league titles and cups, is now in his prime, and is being linked with some of Europe’s elite clubs who’d be prepared to pay huge money for him.
At that point perhaps it would be a good time to cash in, but until then, absolutely not.