By Jonty Banks

21st Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Rangers near last chance to keep Ryan Kent as clubs lined up for transfer

Rangers are running out of time to agree a new contract with Ryan Kent and negotiations need to be “ramped up”, according to Dean Jones.

The Ibrox star’s contract expires next summer and the club has subsequently kick-started negotiations over the past few months as they try to avoid losing him on a free.

The 26-year-old has been a bright light in an otherwise turgid season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, netting once and creating six goals in 13 appearances – including a crucial assist in Rangers’ 1-0 win over Hearts shortly before the World Cup break.

Speaking to GIVE ME SPORT, Jones, who has worked for Eurosport and Bleacher Report, outlined a potentially worrying scenario for the Gers, saying: “It’s pretty much last chance now, they need to figure the situation out.

“Other clubs are starting to fancy their chances that he is going to be available in the New Year, so it all needs to be ramped up.”

Crucial

Although Kent has blown a little hot and cold this season, his importance to this Rangers side cannot be understated.

The winger was an imperative figure in Van Bronckhorst surviving in the Ibrox dugout till the World Cup break, producing a man-of-the-match performance against Hearts and following this up with another classy display against St Mirren.

Kent’s 22 goal contributions last season show how much the attacker brings to the table for Rangers as he established himself as a key player in Rangers’ run to the Europa League final.

It is only a matter of time before a top Premier Club comes calling for Kent, and his contract is now one of a number of pressing matters for the Rangers board.

Ross Wilson’s priority now must be sitting down with Kent and signing him up on a new contract. Give the man what he wants – or fans may have to watch him light up the Premier League next season.

In other news, Major new Rangers transfer ‘edges closer’ already for January – report.