Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has seemingly ruled out the possibility of signing Ryan Kent permanently this summer.
The 22-year-old has been on loan with the Gers this season from Liverpool. He has been a first team regular under the Liverpool legend and so far scored six goals and provided four assists in the Scottish Premiership from 23 matches.
If one thing is certain, Kent’s time with Rangers in Scotland this season would have helped him grow in confidence and develop as a player, especially after he struggled to earn regular game-time with Bristol City in the English Championship last season.
Even though Kent has been fairly successful with the Gers this season, it is unlikely that he will be integrated into Jurgen Klopp’s first team plans at Liverpool next season considering the world-class talent that the German boss has at his disposal.
This has prompted speculation that Gerrard could look to sign the player permanently this summer as he looks to transform Rangers into giants of Scottish football once again.
However, the Englishman has revealed that a permanent deal looks unlikely.
“I think it would unlikely be a permanent move,” said Gerrard to the Scottish Sun.
“The numbers being spoken about, I’m out.
“I would be more confident about getting him back on a loan.
“If Liverpool wanted to sell him, that’s out of my hands. We’ll have to wait and see.
“We have to make sure we have an offer for Ryan.
“Our supporters need to know I’m doing everything I can to make sure he is here next year.
“He is definitely one of the people I want to build the team around.”
The Rangers fans have taken to Kent due to his ability on the ball and creativity, but the likelihood is that Liverpool may want the attacking midfielder to spend next season at a Premier League club to increase his experience.
The Gers have improved this season under Gerrard but look destined to finish the campaign without silverware.