Davie Provan: Ryan Kent needs to leave Rangers to play for England
Rangers attacking midfielder Ryan Kent has been one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership since his arrival from Liverpool.
However, that has not been enough to get him any close to earning an England call-up.
The 24-year-old has been constantly linked with a return to the Premier League since he left, and Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan reckons the Light Blues ace must leave Scotland to have a chance of playing international football.
He wrote in his The Scottish Sun column: “The Malmo defeat was a killer financially. And if Juninho Bacuna is the last Ibrox arrival in this window, you can bet there will be a couple going the other way.
“Gerrard will hope it’s neither of his two most important players.
“If Ryan Kent is miles off it at the moment, he’ll still attract offers from England. If Kent is to have any chance of an international career, he’ll need to leave Scotland.”
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We would love to have Kent at Ibrox for as long as possible, but that will not do his chances of playing for the Three Lions any good.
The Rangers winger has played for England at under-18s and under-20s levels, but there is a lot of competition right now to break into his country’s star-studded attack.
No matter the number of goals and assists he gets and how well he does in the Premiership, England manager Gareth Southgate is not going to look at him.
James Tavernier is a testament to that.
The Premier League is better than the Premiership, and joining the English top-flight or one of the other big leagues in Europe will boost his chances of playing for his country.
Some top forwards and players missed out on the Three Lions’ European Championship squad in the summer, and the race to make the World Cup squad is on.
Kent has to leave Ibrox if he wants to play for England.
That is just the truth.
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