Kris Boyd has told Sky Sports that Liverpool winger Ryan Kent should ignore reported interest from Leeds United and Aston Villa, and instead sign for Rangers again.
The 22-year-old shone for the Gers last season, having a hand in 15 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side. He scored six goals and created nine assists, starring in Old Firm derbies against Celtic.
His excellent form has seen Aston Villa and Leeds join Rangers in the race to sign Kent. The Sun claim Aston Villa want to spend £10million on Kent, while the Yorkshire Evening Post state that Leeds are also interested.
Former Rangers striker Boyd was asked what is the best move for Kent – Leeds in the Championship, Aston Villa in the Premier League or back to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership – and he picked the Gers.
“If Ryan Kent is going to be a Liverpool player, up here [Rangers] is perfect for him to learn the way that Liverpool play because Rangers are doing the same thing,” Boyd said.
“In terms of their possession – they’re always on the front foot, they want to get their wingers on the ball to create chances and score goals.
“If he’s going to be a success at Liverpool I think he’d be better staying at Rangers rather than going to a team that’s at the bottom of the Premier League or a team in the Championship.”
For all three teams, Kent would be a very good addition. Undoubtedly, a move to Rangers will be a benefit for all parties. The issue for Kent is whether he is taking the easy option, and not challenging himself.
At Leeds, Kent would be joining a side on the front foot and looking for promotion. But a move to the Championship may not prove as tantalising as Rangers – who are in Europe – or Aston Villa in the top tier.
A move to Villa is certainly tempting but after the Midlands club signed Anwar El Ghazi, it remains to be seen if he would be first choice. Kent has a big decision to make.