Ex-Rangers man Ryan Kent closes in on big move to Italy

Ex-Rangers man Ryan Kent closes in on big move to Italy
12/24/2023 Istanbul, Turkey. Ryan Kent of Fenerbahce seen before the match. Fenerbahce and Galatasaray faced each other in the Trendyol Super Lig (Turkish Super League), the match took place at Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (Photo by Yagiz Gurtug / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP) (Photo by YAGIZ GURTUG/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

In slightly non-Rangers news, because let’s face it not a lot is happening at Ibrox right now, ex-winger Ryan Kent has 95% secured an exit from his Turkish hell at Fenerbahce after they shook hands on a verbal agreement with Italian Serie A side Lazio, currently 7th in Italy, for the Englishman’s signature.

Kent has been a colossal shambles in Turkey, in a country which he should never have moved to, for a team he had nothing in common with, and after reports his contract was ‘frozen’ (ie he wasn’t being paid) in lieu of an exit, he will be absolutely delighted to escape from the worst move of his career.

Rangers did put an enquiry in some weeks ago but nothing else came of said overtures and the club decided to move on. Either that or Kent refused to return.

Remember all those ‘Kent wants the Premier League or SPL’ headlines?

This move to Italy would suggest that wasn’t entirely accurate.

Indeed, this is the kind of move the lad should have made originally, but we sense that the big contract on the reported £45,000 a week wage he earned probably trumped everything else and he went where the money was.

We have no idea what he’ll get at Lazio, or indeed if it’s a loan or permanent, but a high-quality league like Italy is a massive move for Kent, and the best move we’ve seen for an ex-Rangers player in a long time.

After the flurry of Aribo, Patterson and Bassey to big leagues, Rangers players after that ended up in backwaters, including Kent. Getting an Italian Job will be a much better move for him, and he should do fairly well in a league which is much more open in its style than the defensive Cattenacio of the old days.

Ibrox Noise wishes him well in this move, if it materialises, even if we know the majority of Rangers’ fanbase doesn’t share that sentiment.

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