We know, we know, we’ve gone on about this a lot, but if you ask us, and no one has, we truly advocate going the extra mile to make Ryan Kent a permanent signing.
And by that we mean paying the big money if that’s what it takes to secure a player who has shown frightening ability at his best.
This is a player who has destroyed Rapid Vienna, top of the table Hearts, and Celtic – borderline on his own.
He took our collective breaths away when he slaughtered Celtic’s backline, and made us frankly smile when he destroyed Scott Brown with almost comical ease – and these are attributes which don’t come cheap.
We’re well aware the clubs are working on an extended loan to take his stay at Ibrox beyond the summer, and having seen his quality when he’s in form, we’re talking a player with the potential to be one of the best wingers this club has ever had.
He’s not been super consistent, of course, but then few in his position ever are – but when he’s been on form, and it’s been more often than not, he’s been an asset – on other occasions when he’s been completely in the zone, he’s been totally unplayable.
And that kind of player costs big money.
Should Rangers pay a fair asking price? We’d be laughing to get him for £2M, and the reality is we doubt we can manage to convince Liverpool to part for that – we’d proposed around £4M would be a more reasonable sum and more likely to secure him, but we’re not even sure it’s enough either.
The point? Ryan Kent, for pure venomous attacking ability, may well be the best player we have – and that doesn’t come cheap.
But are we willing to fork out what it takes to get him?