Brian Laudrup urges Rangers to keep hold of Ryan Kent amid Leeds United interest

Brian Laudrup is adamant that Rangers must keep hold of Ryan Kent this summer at all costs amid speculation linking him with a move to England.

Kent, 24, enjoyed a terrific 2020/21 season with the Gers, making nine assists and scoring 10 times to play a starring role in their invincible 38-game Scottish Premiership campaign.

However, Premier League side Leeds United have reportedly reignited their interest in the winger, as per a report in the Scottish Sun [17/04/21], with a £15million bid lined up.

In an interview on the Four Lads Had a Dream blog, Laudrup was asked which Rangers players should be kept at all costs this summer.

He said: “I could mention two or three but Kent is the one we really need to keep.

“I think it shows when Leeds have been after him for a while. He’s the kind of player you pay to watch, the kind of player that turns a dull game into a spectacular one.

“He’s the type of player that can open up defences in a second, the kind of player you need in Scotland and Europe.”

Difference-maker

This current Rangers squad under Steven Gerrard is special, but not necessarily for jaw-dropping reasons.

Gerrard has fostered a brilliant spirit and identity in the camp, with a tremendous work ethic and desire to keep the ball out of the back of Allan McGregor’s net at the forefront of it.

We have some supreme attacking talents like Alfredo Morelos and, when played further forwards, Joe Aribo, but there are not many talents who can produce what Kent does for the side.

The ex-Liverpool player gets people off their seats with his mazy dribbling skills and penchant for taking opposition defenders on at will, tormenting full-backs in particular.

He is the driving force of this team in the final third of the pitch, and losing him would be a catastrophic blow, one that would have to be seriously rectified in the transfer market.

But with Champions League football on the horizon there is great hope that he will be staying at Ibrox for at least another season.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard’s side have reportedly tabled a ‘significant’ bid for this exit-bound international defender.