HE may only have just arrived at Rangers, but already, there’s a familiar feeling to life in Glasgow for new signing Ryan Kent.
The 21 year-old today signed on-loan until the end of the season from Liverpool, and joins up with a host of staff he worked alongside on the banks of the Mersey.
The prospect of working alongside Anfield icon Steven Gerrard on a daily basis was a natural draw for Kent, but he also namechecked ‘Gers first-team coach Michael Beale as being someone who took his game to new heights.
Speaking exclusively today to RangersTV, Kent explained: “I think when the opportunity came around to join a club of this magnitude, it was a bit of a no-brainer. They have got a person in charge now in Steven Gerrard who has played at the highest level and achieved many great things.
“To learn from him is great, and I already know some of the players here. To have Michael Beale here too, he got the best out of me in under-23s football at Liverpool.
“So I think it is a really exciting move for me, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.
“I would say I am an exciting player, and I never hold back. I don’t fear getting on the ball, even if I’ve lost the ball. I am hopefully going to bring a lot of excitement to the fans here at Rangers.
“Everybody knows what a massive club they are with a massive fan-base. I have already watched a bit of them this season in the pre-season games and the Europa League qualifiers.
“I think the turnout of fans for the game against Bury speaks for itself. I am really looking forward to getting started, and especially to making my debut at Ibrox.”
Kent has previously spent time on-loan with Coventry City, Barnsley and then last season, Bundesliga outfit SC Freiburg and Championship club Bristol City.
He made only 17 appearances with the latter two, and in light of that, he was determined to make sure his next move was absolutely right for him, and he reckons in Rangers, he has found the right club.
“I spoke in-depth with him [Gerrard] about the opportunities I will get up here,” he continued, “how he can benefit me and how I can benefit the club.
“I had to take a lot of time speaking with my family and my representatives to make this decision as last season was quite a disappointing year.
“This move had to be the perfect one, and when Rangers came around, I think it is.
“I would say every loan move I have had has benefited me in some sort of way, whether it has been a disappointing year in terms of how much game-time I have had, or a positive experience – wither way, I have taken positives away from every loan spell I have had.
“Last season was a disappointing year. I made my debut against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena [for Freiburg] and was involved in a promotion chase with Bristol City, so I did take a lot away from last season.
“I am hoping to build on that this year. Playing in front of 50,000 every week, you have got to turn out and perform. Playing on such a big stage, I don’t see how that can’t benefit you for the future.
“On a personal level, I would like to get a lot of game time this year. I think I have to prove a lot of people wrong from last season, and it is a chance to add numbers to my game – so to get a lot of assists and goals.
“I want to get back to enjoying my football again.”