By Peter Lynch

5th May, 2023 | 10:03am

Increasing number of Rangers fans not ‘bothered’ despite expected £7m Ryan Kent loss

A growing number of Rangers fans are not “as bothered” as they would have been last season regarding the impending exit of Ryan Kent, according to journalist Ross Pilcher.

The winger is running down the final weeks of his contract at Ibrox, and is one of many Gers players expected to make a swift summer exit.

Kent joined the Scottish giants from Liverpool for a £7million fee in 2019 after initially joining on loan.

“The Rangers winger is out of contract at Ibrox in a matter of weeks and any hopes of him staying in Glasgow beyond then appear to have completely evaporated,” Pilcher wrote for the Daily Record.

“After being on the end of heavy criticism for his non-performance against Celtic in the weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final – in which he was hooked at half-time – a growing section of Gers fans don’t appear to be as bothered about the situation as they would have been last season.

“The fact that they are losing a player who was once their most sellable asset will still rankle, however. The club paid £7million to sign their former loan star from Liverpool on a permanent basis under Steven Gerrard.”

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Disappointing exit

Kent has been a regular in his five years at the club, with the winger still an important part of Michael Beale’s puzzle in the final stages of the current campaign.

It is strange then to see the star attacker slowly but surely wind down his time in blue, with all parties simply agreeing that it is time to move on.

Many Gers fans will be disappointed to say goodbye to a player that has given so much to the club, with Kent scoring 33 goals and registering 57 assists from his 218 appearances.

While a section of the supporters will simply miss his feats on the pitch, another section will be more preoccupied with the fact that Rangers are set to fail in the transfer window once again, losing a player they paid £7m on a free.

Had they been smarter, Rangers could have salvaged at least some of that fee by selling the winger rather than losing him upon the expiry of his contract.

In other Rangers news, David Edgar has named three key figures who will be “calling the shots” at the club next season.