Rangers still eager to negotiate transfer for £12m-rated Reds loanee

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Gary McAllister – now over at Rangers with Steven Gerrard – feels the Glasgow side would be “first in line” should Ryan Kent be shipped out on loan again in comments reported by the Echo.

Now assistant manager, McAllister said of any Kent move: “It is ongoing, but the decisions at Liverpool will probably be later down the line. Is he worth the wait? I would say so.

“He has got a rapport with the fans and there is no doubt he enjoyed his time here. That’s on the pitch, in and around the training ground and the city as well – he enjoyed Glasgow.

“We have to be aware that Liverpool might receive bids, but you don’t know.

“If Ryan is to go back out on loan again, I think we’d be first in line.”

Kent had an impressive season on loan with the Kop heroes, helping them achieve a second-place league position and saw the 22-year-old handed the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award.

A fee in the realm of £12 million has been touted for the young Oldham-born winger, owing in part to his successful and convincing loan spell at Ibrox; at that cost, Rangers might be out-priced.

While another loan move could be on the cards, Kent has previously spoken of the frustrating “repetitive cycle” of his itinerant early career so far and is keen on a long-term option.

In all honesty, Kent probably doesn’t have a future at Anfield so we should move him on in the interests of all parties.

It remains to be seen whether he will head back up north of the border, but the Reds would do well to sell him on and reinvest the funds in much needed full-back cover for the coming season.

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