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Steven Gerrard insists Rangers defeat to Celtic didn't force Ryan Kent deal as he rubbishes 'panic signing' claim

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Steven Gerrard insists the Old Firm defeat had nothing to do with Rangers splashing the cash to sign Ryan Kent.

The signing of the talented Ryan Kent was down to sheer panic.” But Gerrard claimed Rangers chased the 22-year-old from the minute he returned to Anfield from last season’s loan spell when he was a big influence on the side.

“Every Rangers fan I came into contact with throughout the transfer window mentioned Ryan Kent to me.

“We’d been trying to get Ryan Kent through the door from the moment he walked out the door.

“Nobody wanted Ryan back more than the dressing room which was the reason, along with my confidence in him and knowing Ryan really well, we never left Liverpool alone.

And the Ibrox boss says there’s much more to the returning £7 million man than the statistics used by those questioning the value of the signing.

“We did everything we could and qualifying for Europe certainly helped the club fund the deal but the board have shown again they are very ambitious and want to try and get back to the top.” Kent bagged six goals last season with 10 assists but Gerrard said: “There is much more to Ryan Kent than numbers.
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