By Pranav Shahaney

3rd May, 2021 | 6:15pm

Mark Wilson urges Ryan Kent to leave to fulfil England aspirations

Former Celtic right-back and TV pundit Mark Wilson has urged Ryan Kent to leave Rangers if he wants to play for the England national team.

Wilson, who made 98 league and 11 Champions League appearances in his six-year stint at Celtic [Transfermarkt], has offered Kent a piece of advice.

He’s urged the Englishman to leave for the Premier League if he is to get on Gareth Southgate’s radar in the near future.

Discussing the Old Firm derby on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard, Wilson said, “If he is going to play for England then he would have to play in the top league in England.

“I only say that because you can go back years and years to the amount of successful English players we’ve had in this country, Chris Sutton and Alan Thompson were playing in the UEFA Cup final, didn’t get a look-in then.

“I think Kent does have the attributes, but he would have to ply his trade down there to be taken seriously unfortunately

“It’s just a downside of our game that we don’t like, we think we can compete down there, but there’s still the snobbery from the English side of the game that they need to play down there I think.”

No thank you

Last September, Rangers number 2 Gary McAllister believed that Kent was close to getting an international call-up, but that never arrived.

McAllister, who is known to be an admirer of the player has dubbed him as “electric” [Scottish Sun], while Jurgen Klopp has called him “sensational” [LFCTV].

Kent has represented England at the U18 and U20 levels and has impressed his head coaches.

What’s stopping Kent from being called up is not the SPL, but the quality of attackers in the England ranks. The likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Mason Greenwood are all extremely talented players who are stopping Kent from getting that elusive first international cap.

That said, he’s shown massive improvement at Rangers and if he keeps getting better, Southgate or his successor will have no option but to call him up.

Now with the Gers playing in the Champions League, Kent will be subject to that additional exposure that could help elevate him to the next level.

In other Rangers news, Report: Gers handed major transfer boost in chase for £8.5m-rated ‘Multi-skilled’ playmaker