Ryan Kent has been nominated for the Scottish PFA Player of the Year award for his performances on loan at Rangers.
The 22-year-old joined Steven Gerrard at Ibrox last summer and has become an integral part of the side.
Teammate Alfredo Morelos and Celtic duo James Forrest and Callum McGregor also make the list, as reported by the BBC.
The future for Kent at Liverpool
Despite the nomination, a future at Anfield doesn’t look likely for Kent. The competition on the wing is particularly fierce – even Xherdan Shaqiri struggles for game time.
It may get fiercer too, as Harry Wilson has been particularly impressive in the Championship and would likely be in front of Kent for a first-team place.
And so it’s more likely that Liverpool try to cash in.
Kent is still only 22 and his Player of the Year nomination will generate some hype. Liverpool certainly seem to hope so – there’s been talk of the club wanting more than £12million for Kent (per the Echo), even before the nomination.
Gerrard has admitted that Rangers can’t match that and hopes that a second loan-deal could happen (per the Daily Mail). A £12million fee would be hard for Liverpool to pass up, though. A second loan may be good for Rangers, but it’s difficult to see how it would benefit the Reds.
He’s already shown his promise with this nomination, after all, and short of potentially winning the award, he’d merely be a year older after a second loan.
It is safe to expect movement for Kent this summer. As impressive as his Player of the Year award nomination is, the benefit to Liverpool is more likely financial than first-team.