Ryan Kent, the hugely talented on-loan Liverpool winger, produced his best form in a Glasgow Rangers jersey against Celtic before the winter break.
He could not have picked a better day to destroy the Hoops defence in the 1-0 win at Ibrox, humiliating visitng captain Scott Brown on several occasions during a wonderful display.
It looks like Kent’s performance has convinced Steven Gerrard to talk to Liverpool to either set up a longer loan-deal at Ibrox or try to buy his versatile services outright, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The Liverpool player has stated he would be happy to stay at Rangers, and it is obvious that everybody associated with the Gers feels the same about his talent.
Would it be possible to buy him from Liverpool for around the £2 million mark?
Even managing to keep Kent in the Rangers side on a temporary extended loan basis would be much better than him going out on loan elsewhere.
I suppose it all depends on whether Liverpool would allow their player to stay at Ibrox for an extra six months or possibly another year.
Kent has improved since arriving in Glasgow and is now a better all-round player. He is full of energy, possesses real pace and loves beating his man by dribbling past them.
He is an exciting talent to have in your team and his overall ability will have alerted other English sides interested in buying him.
Will Liverpool cash-in on his achievements at Rangers, or do they take him back to Anfield and see if he can compete for a first team place next season?
If the English club won’t budge on a reasonable fee for Kent, an extension of his loan would seem to be the Rangers fans’ best chance of watching the wing wizard again next season.
If the Gers do manage to pull off a permanent contract, it will give the Light Blues a better long-term future, instead of an extended loan deal.
It would be a massive statement from Rangers to Celtic to show they are completely intent on winning title 55, if not this year, then definitely next.
It can’t be done by continuing to sign too many short-term loan-deals.
Gerrard must know that he has to build a squad of signed Rangers players if he is going to compete for the next three years – and securing Kent permanently would be a great start.
When everybody is fully fit, Rangers should be able to challenge Celtic this season for the title and the Scottish Cup in a 4-1-3-2 line-up.
Tavernier, Goldson, McAuley, Barisic:
Arfield, Davis, Kent,
Morelos and Defoe.
When Kent is firing on all cylinders, he knows how to open up spaces in front of him and he is now used to handling the enthusiastic tackling from some defenders in the SPFL.
Have just turned 22, the Rangers attacker has suffered the odd injury or two, but he is extremely brave, coupled with his breathtaking skills when he is fully on song, and a delight to watch.
Kent has spent the past few years being loaned from Liverpool to various clubs, but the prodigious talent looks to have found a real home at Ibrox.