By Sam Stone

26th May, 2023 | 12:10pm

Rangers 'huge' £7m question mark already answered - Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson believes Rangers have already solved Ryan Kent’s replacement at Ibrox with the former Liverpool winger set to depart the club.

The 26-year-old will leave the Light Blues when his contract concludes after the Gers’ final Scottish Premiership clash against St Mirren on Saturday (28 May).

Writing in his latest Daily Record column, Ferguson has claimed Todd Cantwell looks “tailor-made” to replace the former Liverpool youngster.

“For some time now there’s been a huge question mark hanging over Ibrox,” said Ferguson (Daily Record, 26 May).

“If Ryan Kent is on his way out of the club, then how can Michael Beale possibly replace a player of £7m quality this summer? And I’m starting to reach the conclusion that he may have done it already.

“And you could see it in Kent’s face as the fans sent him off with a chorus of his very own theme tune.

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“But the more I see of this team the more it’s becoming clear that if there’s a Rangers player who is going to tear anyone apart from now on then it’s not Kent. It’s Todd. 

“Todd Cantwell may not have arrived In Glasgow with the same kind of huge price tag or massive fanfare but he looks tailor-made to take on Kent’s responsibilities as the creative talisman of this team.

“Cantwell is now showing that he is every bit as willing to go back the way as well as forward. But it’s in the final third where he is emerging a real game changer – a player who can create chances and take them when they come his way.”


Cantwell has been a revelation since securing his move to Ibrox. He’s clearly a cut above the level and could well be an important player in the coming seasons. Michael Beale will undoubtedly try and build his team around the former Norwich man.

The 25-year-old thrives when given the freedom to play. With Jose Cifuentes looking likely to join Cantwell at Ibrox, Beale is looking to build a rock-solid central midfield which will take defensive responsibility off the former Norwich man.

He’s shown he’s more than happy to do his work defensively, but, realistically, Cantwell is in the side to create and score goals. His finishing ability is one area which could make him a more valuable player than Kent.

The soon-to-be free agent has been criticised for his lack of end product. Far too often Kent would get into a good position only of his cross or shot to be rushed or miss the intended target.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.