Paul Heckingbottom has been quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying that he believes Ryan Kent will return to Liverpool at the end of his season-long loan at Rangers.
Kent, 22, has had a hand in 14 goals for Rangers this season. He has become somewhat of a fan favourite at Ibrox during his loan under Steven Gerrard, making 35 appearances in all competitions.
Rangers fans are desperate for Kent to sign a permanent deal from Liverpool, but it remains to be seen where his future lies. Heckingbottom knows Kent well, managing the young winger during his loan at Barnsley.
The newly-appointed Hibernian manager spoke about Kent before Rangers travel to Easter Road on Friday night. He claimed that Liverpool will want to take a look at Kent, but reckons he could leave permanently.
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“I’m sure there will be a plan for Ryan and he will be involved in that with his representatives and Liverpool,” Heckingbottom said. “Knowing him, Ryan will just want to go wherever he can go and play.
“And that could be another loan or a permanent move or it could be as part of the Liverpool squad because I think they will definitely have another look at him when he goes back for pre-season.”
Rangers need Kent. He has been one of their best players this season, adding flair, speed and trickery to a side that was lacking in excitement in the final third last season.
He brings out the best of Alfredo Morelos and if Gerrard is to help Rangers rise, Kent is a must. The Daily Record claimed earlier this season that Rangers would have to spend £2million to sign the Liverpool youngster.
For a bargain fee – a similar one to Eros Grezda – Rangers have to sign Kent.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Richard Foster of St Johnstone vies with Ryan Kent of Rangers during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)