By Sam Stone

14th Dec, 2022 | 8:10pm

Rangers set for 'huge' Ryan Kent failure after sizeable approach from Leeds United

Rangers losing Ryan Kent for free would be a “huge failure” after the Gers previously turned down a “sizeable” approach from Leeds United, according to The Herald’s Chris Jack.

Scottish Daily Mail journalist Gary Keown suggested (30 October, page 137) that Rangers had turned down a £15million bid from the Whites in 2021.

Kent’s current deal is up in the summer of 2023 and it is unclear whether he will agree to extend his contract at Ibrox. Jack has suggested it would be poor business for the Scottish giants to allow Kent to leave for free.

“Kent would be the bigger loss of the two [Kent and Alfredo Morelos],” said Jack (The Herald, 14 December).

“Signed for £7million from Liverpool, it would be a huge failure in a business sense if Rangers were to fail to recoup a penny for a player that was once the subject of a sizeable approach from Leeds United.”

Not now

After Michael Beale’s appointment at Rangers, it’s up to Kent to show he has the ability to be a Premier League footballer in the future. His form this season represents a player who is more suited to the Championship. For Leeds, this does feel like a move which should be left in the past, with the club potentially looking to bring in a high-calibre signing.

There would be no guarantees of the 26-year-old being able to adapt to the Premier League after struggling during the first half of the season in Scotland. Furthermore, Leeds’ transfer priorities surely lie elsewhere with a striker and a left-back being the priorities for Jesse Marsch.

Junior Firpo is simply too injury-plagued and not good enough to be a starter for Leeds and Patrick Bamford’s form has been uninspiring which means another forward to support Rodrigo must also be considered by the American.

Next month will be pivotal for the Whites if they wish to pull themselves away from an eventual relegation battle at the end of the season.

In other Leeds United, 36 scouts recently showed up to watch multiple Leeds sensations with as many as four exits on the cards in the January transfer window.