GOOD things come to those that wait – that is the message from Ryan Kent after he sealed his return to Rangers in a permanent deal from Liverpool.
The winger has been subject to speculation summer long regarding his future but said he never lost hope that he’d be back at Ibrox.
Kent, 22, admits the club found a special place in his heart after spending the 2018/19 campaign on loan with the Gers and declared Glasgow his home in his first interview back.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV he smiled: “I am delighted to be back here, it has been a quite a long summer, a lot of things could have potentially happened but I am delighted to be here.
“I never lost hope, there were probably moments when I thought it might not happen but I guess good things come to those who wait.
“I won’t lie it has been incredibly tough over the summer but I am a mentally strong person as it is anyway.
“I knew if I kept myself correct something good would happen soon and I have been ticking over, keeping myself to myself and this has happened now and I’m over the moon.
“I got a feel for what it was to be a Rangers player, I felt like there was unfinished business from last year and I am hoping to put that right.
“The fans here are incredible, I have probably never come across any fans who even come close to Rangers fans.
“Throughout the whole transfer window the support from them for me to come back has been incredible, it has been overwhelming at times. I am just delighted to be back here and hopefully I can put on a big show for these people.
“It was massively important to find a home, for the past four years now I have been on the move to different places and last year was the first time I have felt content with the football club I am at.
“The fans and the people within the team, the coaches, the players, everybody welcomed me with open arms and not just a player but as a friend. My home is here now.
“I can’t wait to play at Ibrox again; it will be a really nice thing, especially for me and my family. This club was great to me last year and to be able to hopefully give them something back this season will be really good.”
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With Steven Gerrard and his coaching team now guiding his career permanently Kent is predicting the Light Blues’ support will see an even better player blossom, particularly alongside the Gers new additions.
He continued: “After last season I have evolved even more as a player and I think now if I could add that final end product to my game then it is going to be a good season for me and for the team.
“With Steven Gerrard as manager there is a lot of ambition that comes from him, he wants to win things. Michael Beale had me as a kid at Liverpool, he got the best out of me then and that is when I really started to believe in my talent as a young boy. I flourished playing under Mick Beale.
“I think this coaching staff are obviously going in the right direction, I think the team have been excellent. Watching them has been tough but I have seen how well they have done so far this season and now I want to be back a part of it.
“The team has been strengthened incredibly well, there is a lot of strength and depth and a lot of players in a lot of different positions.
“I have been speaking with the players on a weekly basis and they have been saying the levels in training have improved and you are only going to get the best out of each other with that competition. I hoping to come straight back in and make a difference already.”