By Anthony Onifade

21st Nov, 2023 | 6:10pm

Philippe Clement dodges costly Rangers transfer bullet as Ryan Kent Fenerbache exit news emerges

Philippe Clement may have dodged a managerial-crippling transfer bullet at Rangers with news emerging regarding former player Ryan Kent and a potential return to Ibrox.

Turkish news outlet Vatan reported on its website (21 November) that Kent will not return to Rangers during the January transfer window as his salary would be “too much” for the Gers to cover even if he were to make a return on loan.

Fenerbahce remain keen on shipping the 27-year-old out following his struggles since arriving at the club, with his situation described as an “earthquake”.

Initial reports had suggested a move to Rangers was a possibility, but with this latest news, the Turkish giants are now assessing alternative routes as they look to secure a loan move for the forward during the winter.

The ex-Ibrox winger made the summer switch to the Turkish giants as a free agent after being shown the door by Michael Beale but has been forced to cut an isolated figure at the club because of a lack of minutes.

Kent has managed just 133 minutes of league action since playing 85 minutes in the opener of the campaign – with the majority of his game time coming in the Europa Conference League.

On Kent’s Instagram account, it appeared he deleted all his posts about Fenerbahce, also unfollowing them as well as any mention of the club, with some snaps from his time at Ibrox still on show.

Such a development may well have fuelled a potential return for the Englishman but given the terrific job Clement is currently undergoing at Ibrox without him, a return could well have cost the Belgian his job in the long-term.

Famous returns from ex-players never end well, if Rangers need any reminders just have a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo’s ended at Manchester United. One situation which fuelled talk of Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag losing the dressing room as a result and being deemed not cut out for the job.

Clement has indeed built the image of himself as a hard-nosed and tough managerial presence so far but not even he could survive such an onslaught had a Kent return not worked out.

The former Ibrox man’s attitude and commitment was called into question during his latter days at the club so any talk of a return is certainly baffling and would not have helped the atmosphere in the Rangers dressing room.

Clement’s arrival signified a fresh start for the Gers, and perhaps it is best for the club to continue with that theme, especially if the cost of a move is too much as reported.

For now, it is probably best if the Kent and Rangers chapter remains closed. It may well become a managerial-crippling transfer decision.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has advised one player to stay put amid transfer developments.