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Pundit names the player Rangers should sign if Ryan Kent leaves, Neil Lennon once called him a ‘big asset’

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Pundit names the player Rangers should sign if Ryan Kent leaves, Neil Lennon once called him a ‘big asset’

Kevin Kyle has urged Glasgow Rangers to snap up Martin Boyle in case Ryan Kent leaves Ibrox this summer, in conversation with Open Goal.

The highly-rated Rangers winger is on the radar of English Premier League newcomers Leeds United.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told BBC Sport on Friday that the Whites had contacted Rangers over Kent.

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He added that 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.

Kent is not the only Rangers player whose Ibrox future is uncertain, with speculation raging over Alfredo Morelos’ future too.

When asked on Open Goal which of the two would be the biggest loss for Gerrard, Kyle answered with Morelos.

“I think Kent, he could be replaced by a (Boyle),” said the former Rangers striker.

 

“What do you want in a winger? You want somebody to get at the full-backs. Martin Boyle does that week in, week out, so why not? I think he would be a very cheap replacement and I think we would get just as much quality. People might disagree with that.

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“I’m not saying he’s at the same level (as Kent). What I’m saying is, we’re in the Scottish game. If Martin Boyle is ripping it up for Hibs against most teams, week in, week out, in the Premier League playing with Rangers, Martin Boyle should be able to do the same.

“Maybe with a bit more quality because he’s surrounded by a bit more quality. In terms of the league he’s in, Martin Boyle would be able to a job for any of the teams, I would think.”

Boyle has been with Hibs since 2015, when he joined from Dundee on a free transfer, and has registered 36 goals and 36 assists from 193 competitive appearances, with two goals from five this season.

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Although Kent’s departure would be a huge loss for Rangers, it’s important to have replacements in mind just in case, and Boyle would certainly be a good fit in case it happens.

The 27-year-old has consistently delivered for Hibs and surely it’s a matter of time before he makes the step up.

Should Rangers move for him, they’d be getting a player who could come back to haunt Neil Lennon after the Celtic boss helped him develop at Easter Road.

“From where he has been he has definitely been the most improved player I’ve seen in my time at Hibs,” Lennon told Edinburgh Live in November 2018. “And he is a big, big asset in the way we want to play.

“He was always chirpy but on the pitch sometimes you would see his body language change. He was just lacking a bit of self-belief so we cajoled it out of him and he was willing to take it on.

“Some players take it on and some don’t, he has responded brilliantly and he is in a good place at the moment. I’m delighted for him.”

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