Glasgow Rangers ace and Leeds United target Ryan Kent has “everything you’d want in a player” and “the world will be his oyster” if he continues to progress the way he has been, according to Mel Sterland.
However, the former Leeds and Rangers ace says he’d stay at Ibrox for the time if he were Kent, describing a switch to Elland Road next summer after winning the Scottish Premiership as the “ideal scenario”.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told BBC Sport last Friday that the Whites had contacted Rangers over Kent, but said their opening bid was “strongly rejected” and sought to make it clear he is “not for sale”.
However, the Scottish Sun claims Marcelo Bielsa is not ready to give up the fight for the 23-year-old and is prepared to increase his offer to £14million.
Sterland, who had a short stint at Rangers in 1989 before moving to Leeds and going on to win the First Division title in 1991-92, can see the attraction of moving to Leeds this summer
However, he’d rather see Kent at Elland Road next year, by which point he hopes the player will have helped Rangers win the 2020-21 title.
“If I was Ryan I’d stay at Rangers,” he told the Daily Record. “He’s only in his third season and he’s just 23 years old so he’s got plenty of time to play in the Premier League.
“I’m sure Steven Gerrard will be confident of keeping him and he’s a young kid. If he continues to progress the way he has been then the world will be his oyster.
“I can understand Ryan Kent’s position because he’s an interesting young player and has everything you’d want in a player but I do believe he will remain a Rangers player.
“That’s not to say it’s not tempting to join Leeds United because it’s absolutely magnificent what’s happening there and they’re finally back in the big time.
“The ideal scenario for me would be for Ryan Kent to stay at Ibrox this season and win the league – and come to Leeds next season.”
Given Kent’s talent, experience, age, potential and versatility – he can play on the wings, attacking midfield and even as a second striker – he would be a great fit for Bielsa’s Leeds.
Of course, it’s a tricky scenario as far as Rangers are concerned.
They’ve begun the season superbly and letting one of their star players go when there’s so much at stake – their bitter rivals on the verge of a tenth consecutive title – would be disastrous.
However, Leeds can’t exactly hold back until next year, given they’ve just come up to the Premier League and need to strengthen right away.