The greatest transfer dance of the Summer in the Scottish Premiership has finally come to its conclusion. Ryan Kent is returning to Ibrox on a permanent deal.
Ryan Kent has been the talk of Rangers Summer transfer from the moment last season ended. He came to Rangers on loan from Liverpool, courtesy of Steven Gerrard’s connections at the English club, and while he had some struggles out of the gate, he really came into his own as the season went on. By the end of the season, he had six goals and eight assists on his way to winning the Scottish Premiership’s Young Player Of The Year award.
Even though the sheer production wasn’t spectacular, the talent and difference that Kent made in Rangers attack were evident to anyone who watched.
The deal comes after dancing around it all Summer. Liverpool had no interesting in sending Kent out on loan again and were initially asking for 15 million pounds in return. No English teams bit on that price and it left the door open for Rangers.
Despite interest from other clubs, Rangers won out with a 7 million pound price that is supposedly being paid over the entire length of the four-year contract to make it more affordable for Rangers.
The deal is the largest price Rangers have paid for a player since the horror and marks a significant proof of intent for Rangers to compete now.
Reports say that Kent’s own personal desire to return to Ibrox was a huge factor in the deal getting done, he clearly had a connection with the club and its fans.
Perhaps most importantly, he hates Celtic just as much as you and I.