Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has advised Ryan Kent to return to Ibrox on loan in the summer transfer window if he wants to make it as a Liverpool player.
The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that Leeds are interested in a move for the winger, but Boyd believes that Kent should head back to Rangers – where he scored six goals in 43 appearances in all competitions during a season long loan last season.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the 22-year-old’s future prospects, Boyd claimed: “If Ryan Kent is going to be a Liverpool player, up here is perfect for him to learn the way that Liverpool play because Rangers are doing the same thing.”
Explaining his opinion Boyd, who made 232 for Rangers over two spells with the Glasgow club claimed: “In terms of their possession – they’re always on the front foot, they want to get their wingers on the ball to create chances and score goals. There’s no doubt Ryan Kent excelled in that environment last year.
“I think he’s a talented boy who will go far in the game and I think to learn the game, Rangers is the perfect environment for him.
“If he’s going to be a success at Liverpool I think he’d be better staying at Rangers rather than going to a team that’s at the bottom of the Premier League or a team in the Championship.”
Rangers are currently managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who has previously admitted to the Daily Record that he would like to bring Kent back to Ibrox next season, as they look to close the gap on Glasgow rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish football tree.
Kent, who has made just one senior appearances for Liverpool in an FA Cup draw in 2016, has spent the majority of his time since graduating to the senior side out on loan with sides including Barnsley, Coventry, Freiburg and Bristol City before his temporary move to Ibrox last season.
Boyd may be right here.
Given where Gerrard has come from, there will be similarities between Rangers and Liverpool that Kent should be able to learn from should he return to Ibrox.
The chance to learn from someone such as Gerrard, who will know Liverpool about as well as anyone, could also provide an invaluable insight for Kent into his parent.