Steven Gerrard’s sage advice to Ryan Kent as winger seeks Liverpool exit

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told Ryan Kent to follow his heart as he weighs up his next move.

The Liverpool loan ace is due to return to Anfield in the summer but Gerrard is desperate to keep the winger at Ibrox.

The 22-year-old double PFA Scotland Player and Young Player of the Year nominee admitted earlier this week a second season in Glasgow remains a “possibility.”

But he also wants to start putting down solid roots, having found himself being bounced around the UK and Europe on the back of five loan spells in the last four years.

Gerrard knows the decision facing the former England youth international could be the biggest of his young career and his advice was simple: “Go where you will be happy.”

Responding to Kent’s “possibility” comment, the Ibrox boss said: “It’s not as reassuring as seeing his signature on a dotted line but it is a possibility, that’s where it’s at.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the Europa League, Qualifying Round One, First Leg match at Ibrox, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

“Ryan knows we want him but we have to be respectful that the kid has a big decision to make. I’m sure there are clubs queuing up for him because he’s a top player.

“He has to think, ‘where am I going to be happy playing football? Who do I want to share a dressing room with? Who’s going to help me enjoy my football?’

“Ryan has been accepted in this dressing room, the players love him.

“Now my advice is, ‘go where you think you’ll be happy, improve and take your career to the next level. Go find your football happiness because that’s where you’ll find your best form’.

“We hope that will be Rangers but Ryan has to make the decision for himself and not really listen to what others are saying.”