By Craig Scott

4th May, 2021 | 5:00pm

Brian Laudrup raves about Leeds United-linked Ryan Kent after Rangers win v Celtic

Rangers and Denmark legend Brian Laudrup has been waxing lyrical about reported Leeds United target Ryan Kent for his latest performance in Scotland.

On Sunday, the 24-year-old winger was in stunning form as Rangers won 4-1 in the final Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox.

He assisted one of the goals in the win and turned Celtic’s Greg Taylor inside out with a mouthwatering piece of skill in the second half.

The Sun has recently reported that Leeds will make a third attempt to sign Kent in the summer with Marcelo Bielsa lining up a £15million move for the ex-Liverpool attacker.

Laudrup has seen speculation linking Kent with a move to Elland Road but claims the unpredictable Englishman might be able to attract other clubs in England or in Europe.

“Others will have watched Kent’s latest excellent Old Firm performance and felt serious admiration. By that, I don’t just mean Rangers fans or former players like me,” Laudrup said in his column in the Scottish Daily Mail [May 4, page 86].

“I’ve read reports saying Leeds United are not going away in terms of their interest in Kent. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if other teams in the English Premier League or, indeed, other good leagues in Europe were seriously looking at him now.

“We’re talking about someone who has proved they can play on the left or in the middle. He can create goals, score goals, is quick and responds in big matches. What’s not to like?”

Laudrup added: “Kent is on his way to becoming a player who makes opponents think anything can happen when he gets on the ball. And that’s a real sign of his development.

“He can go both ways when he dribbles, which is fantastically unpredictable, he has a fierce shot and is now creating a number of opportunities for his team-mates.”

Get him in

Speculation linking Kent with a move to Leeds just isn’t going away and it’s definitely not going to go away as long as Bielsa is at Elland Road and the 24-year-old is tearing up the Scottish Premiership.

Kent’s been in blistering form for Rangers this season.

He’s scored 12 goals and supplied 14 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions, playing a major role in Steven Gerrard’s side winning the league and also reaching the last-16 of the Europa League.

According to stats by Wyscout, Kent has completed more one-v-one dribbles than anyone in the Scottish top-flight [265] while he also ranks first for touches inside the penalty area [136], key passes [32] and deep completions [68], which is a pass into the danger area around the goal.

Do Leeds want a player who can do all that?


Bielsa likes to have plenty of wide options in his squad and while Kent can play in behind a striker, he could do a job for us on the left next season.

Ezgjan Alioski’s contract is expiring in the summer and Jack Harrison could be left as the only out-and-out left-sided winger in the squad.

Others can play on the left-wing of course, but none of them could do the job Kent has done in Scotland with Rangers.

If we can get him for £15million, that would be a sensational piece of business.

In other Leeds United news, Garth Crooks blasted a Leeds player for being anonymous versus Brighton even though he wasn’t on the pitch.