Football pundit Danny Mills has backed Glasgow Rangers to beat Leeds United to the signing of Ryan Kent this summer due to the player’s admiration for manager Steven Gerrard.
The Whites have been linked with the skilful winger, who impressed with the Gers while on loan in 2018-19.
But Mills is backing Rangers to beat Leeds in any race for Kent’s hand.
“I think Steven Gerrard has more sway than Marcelo Bielsa in this situation,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Kent did well at Rangers last season, Gerrard rates him highly and knows him from Liverpool. There is likely to be a bit of hero worship of Gerrard from the player.
“He had a decent time in Scotland last season and he is a top young player. Rangers want to sign him permanently or on loan, and I think they have a very good chance.
“He would be a fabulous addition to the Rangers squad. He has had a decent time in Scotland already, and it looks like another loan deal.”
Kent spent the past season on loan with the Gers and impressed as he went on to play in 27 Scottish Premiership games, scoring six goals and supplying four assists.
In spite of his impressive statistics from the past season, the Leeds target is unlikely to be in the Liverpool first-team plans for next season considering the world-class players the Reds have at their disposal.
At 22-years-old, Kent should be aiming to push to win selection to play in the England team and it would make sense for him to leave Rangers at this stage.
Considering his displays and potential, he is likely to attract offers from mid-table English Premier League sides as well as from other clubs across Europe’s top five leagues.
Rangers will do doubt be keen on keeping Kent on their books for at least another season as they look to win a major trophy next term and pose a more serious threat to Celtic.
There is no doubt that the influence of Gerrard could help them to potentially keep the player.
Both the Rangers manager and Kent are products of the Reds youth development system and the latter is known to idolize the Gers boss having grown up watching him captain Liverpool with distinction.
Leeds could certainly use Kent in their promotion efforts but it remains to be seen where the attacker will end up for 2019-20.