Glasgow Rangers secured the deal they have been waiting all summer to confirm on Monday afternoon, when they announced they have completed the permanent signing of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million.
The Gers have been looking to make significant improvements to their squad throughout the transfer window, which shut on Monday, as they bid to challenge much stronger both domestically and in Europe.
Rangers have begun their European campaign very strongly, having qualified for the Europa League group stage for the second season in a row, but already their hopes of challenging Celtic in the Scottish Premiership have taken a hit, when they lost to their rivals at Ibrox on Saturday.
That probably reinforced the thoughts of Gers boss Steven Gerrard that he needed to strengthen his squad, so he will have been delighted to confirm the addition of the former Liverpool ace.
Kent himself is pleased to have a permanent home, having only been on loan with Rangers last term, and can’t wait to make an impact.
“I am delighted to be back here, it has been a quite a long summer, a lot of things could have potentially happened but I am delighted to be here.” The Gers official website quotes him as saying.
“I won’t lie it has been incredibly tough over the summer but I am a mentally strong person as it is anyway.
“I knew if I kept myself correct something good would happen soon and I have been ticking over, keeping myself to myself and this has happened now and I’m over the moon.
“I got a feel for what it was to be a Rangers player, I felt like there was unfinished business from last year and I am hoping to put that right.”
The 22-year-old made 43 appearances for Rangers last season, scoring six goals in that time and generally making a big impression. The Ibrox faithful will be hoping he gets back up to that sort of potential quickly, as he bids for a second debut for the club after the international break.