Rangers winger Ryan Kent can do better than a move to Leeds United.
That’s the suggestion of former Rangers man Brian Laudrup, who believes Kent could flourish and earn himself an even bigger opportunity if he flourishes in the Champions League next season.
Kent has seemingly been a target for Leeds for some time now, with reports claiming the Whites will make a third bid of £15million for the 24-year-old in the summer transfer window.
The winger has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 35 league appearances for Rangers this summer, helping them to re-claim the Scottish title.
But with that meaning Rangers will now be playing Champions League football next season, it seems Laudrup believes another year at Ibrox for Kent would suit the former Liverpool man better, particularly if he impresses in European football’s top competitions.
“A really huge offer might come in this summer that Rangers and the player both decide they can’t turn down. That’s life. But I hope Kent stays at Ibrox. Because I can see real benefits from it.
“The lure of the Champions League is there next season. It could be a chance to test himself against the very best players in the biggest competition of all. You can’t get that at Leeds right now.“
It also seems Laudrup believes Kent may feel he has a duty to remain at Ibrox for next season, with the ex-Rangers attacker adding: “I think Kent feels he owes a lot to Rangers for the opportunity they have given him. And there’s no doubt he has paid them back this season.
“But one or two more years in Glasgow could enable him to make those improvements I see within him. There could be more trophies. More experiences. I think it’s too much to leave behind just yet.
“At 25 or 26, he would still have plenty of time to go to a different league. Growing his game further, impressing in the Champions League, could open up another, higher level of club being interested him. It’s possible. If he keeps on rising.”
Laudrup does have a point with what he is saying here, in the short-term at least.
Champions League football is something any player is going to aspire to, so you can see why Kent may want to stick it out at Ibrox for next season.
But while Leeds cannot offer him that next season, it is clear that the club believe they are heading in that direction, following a promising first season back in the Premier League.
The opportunity to be part of that journey could also be tempting for Kent, so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out in the coming months.