Rangers have got to avoid free agent Darren Bent

Nathan Baker of Aston Villa challenges Darren Bent of Derby County in the penalty area but no penalty was awarded during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Derby County...

Bent has admitted he would love to join Rangers on a free transfer.

April 14th 2017,  Brent, London, England; Skybet Championship football, Brentford versus Derby County; Darren Bent of Derby County starts his run as Derby break forward

Free agent Darren Bent has told TalkSPORT that he would jump at the chance to join Rangers and Steven Gerrard, but surely the Gers have got to avoid the veteran striker.

Bent, 34, is currently without a club after his contract at Derby County expired. He has since been training with League One side Burton Albion, and was offered a pay-as-you-play contract by the Brewers.

But former England international Bent has decided to turn down the offer, and he remains on the look out for a new club. Asked by TalkSPORT if he would join Gerrard at Rangers, he was more than clear in his desire to join the Gers.

 

“100 per cent!” he replied. “You’re talking about one of the biggest clubs in football in Rangers," Bent said. "To get the opportunity to go up there and play – definitely!”

Rangers already have three strikers as options up front, in the form of new Colombia international Alfredo Morelos, as well as Ibrox favourite Kyle Lafferty. Umar Sadiq is also on loan from Italian giants AS Roma.

It seems as though there is little space for a player like Bent anyway, but the main reason Bent should be overlooked by Rangers is that he is simply not worth the outlay.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Though his goalscoring stats in the Premier League and Championship are particularly impressive, Gerrard's former England teammate has lost his way and managed only two goals last season.

Injuries have begun to creep up on the former Aston Villa and Tottenham star, who once cost Villa £24million to land him from Sunderland. He has also turned out for the likes of Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.

He could ask for a decent chunk in wages and with Gerrard having plenty of options up front, a player of Bent's diminishing quality is simply not required.

Darren Bent of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Villa Park on February 25, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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