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Could livewire’s latest recognition cost Rangers this summer?

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Could livewire’s latest recognition cost Rangers this summer?

Rangers winger Ryan Kent has been shortlisted for both the PFA Scotland Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

The livewire, on a season-long loan at Ibrox from Liverpool, is in the running for personal silverware, with teammate Alfredo Morelos and Celtic duo Callum McGregor and James Forrest his competitors for the main gong.

Kent has enjoyed a fine campaign under Steven Gerrard, making 40 appearances and scoring six goals. He has also laid on nine assists.

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The 22-year-old has become something of a fans’ favourite at Ibrox for his direct style and skill in tight areas.

Manager Steven Gerrard has made no secret of the fact he wants to sign Kent permanently from Liverpool, and the player himself as frequently spoken warmly about his experience.


But him being shortlisted for both PFA award might now make it an impossible task for Rangers to sign the forward.

TBR’s view

With Kent having officially been recognised as one of the best players in Scotland in 2018/19, it surely now makes Rangers’ job of keeping him more difficult.

If anything it will alert other clubs to Kent with the awards providing a shop window effect, and Liverpool could demand more money for his sale.

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Kent has offered Rangers some hope of a permanent stay by declaring he would be open to a return, as reported by The Evening Telegraph.

But it is about what Liverpool want to do and how much they’d be willing to accept for the player, with other teams to potentially come in for him this summer.

Hopefully in the eyes of Rangers they won’t be demanding in excess of £12 million, as was reported back in March by The Liverpool Echo.

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