The Rangers clickbait press has gone mental again after the notoriously unreliable 90min included a comment on Ryan Kent as a possible option for Leeds United in an article about Elland Road midfielder Jack Harrison.
90Min, who have never got a single Rangers ‘exclusive’ correct in all the times we’ve monitored them (they once had Glen Kamara moving to Moscow), have included the Kent angle as easy (lazy) journalism in the article about Leicester apparently being interested in Harrison, and suggesting he’s an ‘option’ for Leeds.
Kent, of course, has been linked to Leeds ever since former manager Marcelo Bielsa bid £8.5M for him, turned down, naturally, and with his contract situation as vulnerable as it is, he makes for easy clickbait stories about his moving to the Premier League.
Of course, the reality is that he’d love a move to there, and he was completely non-committal about his future when directly asked recently for the first time – claimed he wasn’t stressed about it and would sit down and talk with Michael Beale in due course.
So it remains up in the air what he will choose to do with his future, but while we cannot say for sure that Leeds aren’t interested in him, it’s an easy story for a site which has history of completely false stories about our club.
Of course, they aren’t alone – plenty of the clickbait press use our club for stories, our name for traffic, and it’s part and parcel of the window.
Problem is it then spreads like wildfire and becomes a real thing, it becomes a rumour which many fans, not having seen the original article or unaware of the source being poor, start to believe the story as fact with ‘anyone seen the story about Kent’ etc.
Ibrox Noise will always source information we believe to be true – sometimes it will be false – the most reliable ‘sources’ get things wrong plenty of times as well, it’s just the way it is.
But too many neutral sites, especially those masquerading as Rangers fan sites, just use the name and associated paraphernalia to boost their own traffic.
Treat with caution.