Gerrard would be repeating Warburton's mistakes if he brought Bent to Rangers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard arrives prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on August 19, 2018 in Motherwell, Scotland.

Former Derby County striker Darren Bent has revealed that he'd love to sign for Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

Darren Bent of Sunderland looks dejected after a missed chance during the pre-season friendly match between Darlington and Sunderland at the Northern Echo Arena on July 17, 2010 in...

When discussing the prospect of Rangers rescuing Darren Bent from the free agent market, it is difficult not to think back to the summer of 2016.

With Mark Warburton as manager and Frank McParland as director of football, the Glasgow giants signed a number of experienced old pros on big contracts. Soon after, however, ‘experienced old pros’ became over-the-hill has-beens, a perceived drain on Rangers’ resources.

 

Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Philippe Senderos and Matt Gilks arrived with big reputations and plenty of Premier League experience on their CV. But not a single one managed to make a lasting impression at Ibrox, particularly Barton, who was shown the door after just five games.

Plenty of cynics have downplayed the quality of Scottish football over the years but the pace and phyiscal nature of the game north of the border means a 30-something newcomer is far from guaranteed to be a success.

So Rangers’ 2018 pairing, Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen, would do well to remember this as 34-year-old Bent angles for a move to Ibrox.

Darren Bent of Tottenham misses a headed chance in the final minutes during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on January 18,...

The former England striker, who was released by Derby County in the summer, told talkSPORT this week that he would jump at the chance of continuing his career north of the border.

But Bent, like Barton, Kranjcar and co, has his best years behind him and was last seen being relegated to League One during a loan spell at Burton Albion. Offering him a contract would seem like a step back from a club who have pushed on impressively since Gerrard’s arrival.

Darren Bent of Burton leaps to control the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Middlesbrough at the Pirelli Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

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