Rangers winger Ryan Kent has claimed he was told lies about his future before finally sealing a £7.5m move away from Liverpool this summer.
The 22-year-old, who impressed on loan at Ibrox last season, was tipped to seal a move back to the Scottish side during the summer, but Liverpool snubbed their interest and instead involved Kent in pre-season. However, once the Reds’ senior stars returned, Kent was quickly dropped from the team.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Rangers’ meeting with Livingston, Kent insisted that he was lied to during the summer, adding that it was a difficult period for him to get through.
“There’s no bitter taste, the thing that I wanted from the start happened at the end so I am just happy with that.
“I would have liked to have been here from the start, it is quite difficult watching it on the TV wishing I was part of some of the games but I am delighted to be back and I can’t wait to get going.
“There were probably some slight concerns along the way when I thought this might not happen and I might have to plan for something else, but I always had a feeling that it might go to the last day of the window and that’s what happened.
The 22-year-old went on to praise the impact of manager Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly to help him realise his potential.
“The manager believes in me and the coaching staff. Mick Beale had me as a kid at Liverpool and he got the best out of me then and I really started to flourish as a young kid coming through at Liverpool, and obviously the fans get the best out of you,” Kent added.
“So just everything as a collective at this football club I think gets the best out of me and my football.”