The winger starred against Celtic and has drawn envious eyes from Marcelo Bielsa in the past.
Rangers are set to slap a bumper new deal on the table for Ryan Kent in a bid to tell Leeds United to get lost for at least another season.
The in-demand Ibrox attacker had EPL scouts on red alert at the weekend after ripping Celtic to ribbons in Sunday’s Old Firm stroll.
Kent is a long term target for Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa – who had bids of up to £10m bounced by Rangers last summer.
The Premier League side are gearing up for another attempt at the end of this season despite being told the former Liverpool kid is not for sale.
Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard wants Kent on board for the Champions League assault next term and is willing to offer a hike in wages to persuade the wide man to ignore the calls from down south.
The 24-year-old is under contract until 2023 and Gers plan to cash in at some point.
But Ibrox chiefs also want to maximise their profit on the £7.5m signing and starring in the Champions League could sent his value sky-rocketing.
The Light Blues have been working on deals for current stars in the background but with the Premiership in the bag and the Scottish Cup no longer an issue, Gerrard and the board are poised to get down to work.
Defender Connor Goldson is expected to extend his deal as is Glen Kamara and Jermain Defoe’s future is to be addressed but Kent’s situation is a top priority.
Gers legend Mark Hateley has warned he expects Leeds to be banging on the door again this summer after his star turns this season.
Hateley – speaking on his Ten10 podcast – said: “Listen, Leeds have got him on their radar right, they have twice come in for him.
“They will be hoping it’s third time lucky.
“They have done well down in the English Premier League.
“They know what they need, they need somebody that can open something up in the blink of an eye, Kent is the boy that can do that.
“You pay £20m to stick somebody on the bench down in the English Premier League, that is the way it is.
“Kent has got this ability to turn a game in the blink of an eye.”
Ryan Kent of Rangers celebrates scoring against Hibs (Image: Getty Images)
Fellow Rangers hero Barry Ferguson has urged his old club to resist the temptation to cash in now as Kent has become a crucial part of the club’s success this season.
He said: “I just hope he is one player that the manager is allowed to keep. I’m sure if clubs down south like Leeds and other clubs were watching the game, he was the stand out performer.
“I know Roofe came in and scored a double but for me Ryan Kent was the outstanding player on the park by a country mile.”
Kent is understood to be relaxed about his future and is relishing life at Rangers.
He admitted at the weekend he has been flattered by the Leeds pursuit – but he’s got his sights set on Europe next term.
Kent said: “It’s nice to be linked with other football clubs, the big clubs, but you’ve got to understand the duty of where you’re at and as long as I’m at Rangers I’ll always give 100 percent to the club.
“I love this place and it’s done so much for me. As long as I am here my mind is solely focused on Rangers.
“Is the Champions League a motivation? Massive.”