The signing of Ryan Kent shows how far Rangers have progressed according to the club’s director of soccer Mark Allen.
Kent signed for Rangers from Liverpool in a deal worth around #7.5m to eventually be the second most expensive player in the club history.
The yields to Ibrox following a successful loan spell last year where he won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, also Rangers director of soccer Mark Allen believes the transfer shows how far the club has grown lately.
“I think that it shows progress and that was where we put out to be when I began a few years back,” Allen told Sky Sports.
“It needed to be stable. It adheres nicely and says a lot about the aim of the directors of Rangers in terms of where they are attempting to get the club.”
Through the summertime Rangers made it known that they wished to advance Kent and after Leeds had a final bid of 4.5m rejected the day before the English move window shut, manager Steven Gerrard revealed that the winger had been his # 1 target.
Kent was keen to leave Liverpool until the end of the transfer window that is European although at one point a move looked unlikely, Allen believes hitting the group stages.
“I think European eligibility helped significantly, I believe that the directors looked at the,” he added.
“We left no keys of the fact that Ryan was a goal, he was a target . We thought the deal had possibly gone but we had a opportunity to revive it and thankfully we did and we got Ryan on board”
Kent, who given four assists in Rangers last term and also scored six goals, had been signed the day following the 2-0 defeat at the season’s first Old Firm battle to Celtic.
When asked if that loss had some bearing on the transfer being finished so near the deadline in Scotland, Allen responded:”No. We had a board meeting that the previous Saturday before that myself and Steven attended.
“We went through the whole squad then in relation to what our aims were at the summer and where we’d got to with those goals, which had been very profitable.
“The only one who we had not obtained was Ryan, but it wasn’t a reaction to the match.”