Gary McAllister has admitted that Rangers are interested in bringing Ryan Kent to the club on a permanent deal in the summer, but is resigned to the fact that he is Liverpool’s player.
The winger has progressed since his arrival at Ibrox in the summer on a season-long loan from the Premier League side, impressing with his trickery and key contributions in the final third.
Kent was on particularly fine form in Rangers historic 1-0 win over arch rivals Celtic, setting up Ryan Jack’s decisive goal and generally providing a major threat to the Bhoys backline throughout the afternoon.
It’s understandable, therefore, that McAllister and manager Steven Gerrard would want to keep him beyond the expiry of his loan deal, but the former Scotland international knows that it’s down to the Reds where his long-term future lies.
“The fact is, Ryan’s still a Liverpool player so it’s a decision for Liverpool, isn’t it?’ the assistant boss told the Daily Record.
“Will he be here next season? It would be nice because we’ve seen the benefits of having him here but he’s Liverpool’s player.
“We keep asking the question but it’s up to them. They’re very much aware of what he’s doing up here.”
Kent’s prospects of breaking into the Liverpool team would appear slim and it may be the case that he would prefer to stay north of the border.
Rangers have made a major improvement under Gerrard this term to close the gap to Celtic, but their Old Firm counterparts still hold a six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Whilst their title prospects are slim, the Light Blues have shown enough to suggest that they are finally ready to compete again for the top prize after a number of years in the footballing wilderness.
With that in mind, they will be keen to hang on to Kent as they look to build for next season.