Rangers icon Brian Laudrup insists Ryan Kent must be kept at Ibrox ‘at all costs’ and claims the former Liverpool winger will get even better
- Ryan Kent was one of Rangers key men as they stormed to the SPL title last season
- The winger has captured the attention of Leeds’ sensational campaign
- Brian Laudrup is a big fan of the winger, calling him an ‘excellent prospect’
- Speaking at the launch of his rosé wine, he has high hopes for Rangers next term
As with any quality year, Brian Laudrup believes the 2020/21 season Rangers can grow in value in the coming years.
The Ibrox legend sees room for Steven Gerrard’s undefeated Premiership champions to get even better next season. In his view, however, it is imperative that one special element remains.
Laudrup launched its own rosé wine on Friday, which has been developed in conjunction with a vineyard owned by ex-Rangers chairman Sir David Murray. And he’d love to raise a glass of the pink stuff to toast another season of watching Ryan Kent.
Ryan Kent was outstanding for Rangers last season when the Ibox club lifted the SPL Championship
Kent was signed from Liverpool for £7million and has become a vital player at the club
The Dane made his enormous admiration for Kent clear last season in columns of Sportsmail. While transfer speculation is likely to envelop a number of Rangers players this summer, Laudrup considers Liverpool’s £7m purchase to be absolutely indispensable.
“I could name a few, but if there’s one player I’d say ‘keep him at all costs’, it’s Ryan Kent,” Laudrup said.
“Leeds has been after him for a year or two now. He’s the kind of player you pay to watch. He is the type who can turn a dull game into a spectacular one and open the defense. You need such players. Not only in Scotland, but also in Europe.
“He still has potential. In a year or two I think he will get even better. He is an excellent prospect for me.’
Brian Laudrup is a big fan of the winger and expects him to continue to improve in Glasgow
Laudrup can empathize with the burden such a substantial fee was initially placed on Kent, having once become the most expensive player in Bundesliga history when he was signed by Bayern Munich.
He also acknowledges the frustration the 24-year-old can sometimes display when his form drops, but expects those fluctuations to be less noticeable.
“Kent is a little bit older now,” Laudrup continued. “In a year or two I think he will find stability in his game.
“If you’re a player who always has to do the exceptional, create and incorporate players, there are games where you can’t do that.
“People expect more from Ryan Kent than maybe some of the other Rangers players. That’s hugely important when you’re young, but as you get older, you can better show stability through experience.
Rangers legend Laudrup made 116 appearances for the club, with the Dane scoring 33 goals
“I’m sure he will thrive next season at Rangers. Hopefully not only in Scotland but also on the big stage of the Champions League.”
Reaching the promised land of Europe’s premier tournament will be no easy feat. Two testing rounds of qualifying lie between Rangers and a huge financial windfall that would significantly help the club move towards self-sufficiency.
Gerrard will also have to do without Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe, who will be banned for three and four games respectively by UEFA, but Laudrup is confident in the consistency that Rangers have shown in the Europa League.
“It’s fair to say that these games are among the hardest games Rangers will ever face in a season,” he said of the qualifiers.
“That said, you have a team that has been playing together for a number of years. I haven’t seen any Rangers players sold yet and I hope they won’t.
Steven Gerrard’s men will be happy to launch a Champions League campaign after their title
“If they can keep this team intact, I think they will be very well prepared for those games. It just depends on what kind of teams they play against.
“But considering what they did in Europe last season, how they played against Galatasaray in the beginning and beat some famous teams, I think this side of Rangers will be ready.”
It may be nearly impossible to top the numbers linked to last season’s all-out league win, but Laudrup argued: “In terms of team quality, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in many, many years.
“I think they can get better next season if they can keep this group and also make a few additions. They can impress in the Champions League. It’s all about winning the competition. But I think we’ve been looking at what Rangers can really compete with at the highest level for a few years now.”
Brian Laudrup spoke at the launch of his new Laudrup Rose Wine – at £13.95 a bottle – on sale here.