By Doug Ward

13th May, 2022 | 9:15am

Michael Beale gushes over 'fantastic' Ryan Kent as Sky Sports share Rangers video clip

Michael Beale has paid tribute to Rangers winger Ryan Kent ahead of their Europa League final against Frankfurt in Seville next week (18 May).

Kent, 25, has had his critics at Ibrox but the former Liverpool winger has been unquestionably vital in Rangers’ rise over the last few seasons.

Former Gers coach Beale, who also coached Kent on Merseyside, has taken to Twitter to rave about the English winger and wish his best to the Light Blues ahead of their Europa League final.

“So proud of Ryan Kent and how he has developed as player/person,” said Beale via his personal Twitter account on Friday (13 May).

“He was in my first session as a [Liverpool] coach back in 2012 and to see his journey to this point has been fantastic.

“The journey of that Rangers team also shows that anything is possible. Go and do it lads.”

Beale was replying to a video clip shared by Sky Sports Scotland, which shows Kent admitting the Europa League final will be the biggest game of his career.

New contract?

Kent’s future is going to be up in the air no matter what this summer because the 25-year-old’s contract at Ibrox expires next year.

Rangers have three choices.

They either need to sell the winger because it’s their last chance to do so, offer him a new contract or they need to just play it out and eventually let him go on a free transfer.

Whatever they do, it cannot be the last one.

Kent’s contract has been a source of worry for a while because we don’t want to see a player of his class leaving Ibrox for next to nothing.

However, we’re going to have to sell him on a cut-price deal this summer if that’s the course of action the Light Blues take because interested clubs will know they could look at signing him on a pre-contract in January or on a free next year.

Rangers are not in a good position regarding Kent, in all honesty,

He’s only scored three goals in 44 appearances across all competitions this season but the Englishman’s creativity and drive have been really key as he’s managed to get a stunning 19 assists.

Clubs will pay a lot of money for players with that kind of creativity about them.

Unfortunately, we won’t get a hige fee because Ross Wilson has taken his eye off the ball.

In other Rangers news, BBC Scotland continued their anti-Rangers agenda by disgracefully ignoring a major incident this week.