MICHAEL BEALE exited Rangers alongside Steven Gerrard back in November as the paid headed for the Premier League with Aston Villa.

But the Ibrox club still hold a special place in his heart and he would love nothing more than to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team lift the Europa League this season. 

Rangers face off against Frankfurt in the final of the tournament next week and ahead of the clash Beale has sent his well wishes with a special word for Ryan Kent.

He wrote on Twitter: "So proud of Ryan Kent and how he has developed as player/person.

"He was in my first session as a LFC coach back in 2012 and to see his journey to this point has been fantastic.

"The journey of that Rangers team also shows that anything is possible. Go and do it lads."

Kent has been caught in the ticket scramble for Seville as Rangers prepare for the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt next Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of Rangers fans will travel to Spain for the Light Blues’ first European final in 14 years although Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side have only been allocated 9,500 tickets for the 43,000-capacity Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

Winger Kent, 25, will realise an ambition by playing in the final but before that he has to cope with ticket requests although he admits the players got “quite a few”.

He said: “I’ve got family I didn’t even know I had asking for tickets. It’s great for everybody’s family to be involved in something like this.

“It’s incredible for everyone associated with the football club.

“On a personal level it’s something I’ve always strived for in my career, to try and get to the top of European football and it’s an opportunity I’ll be relishing.

“Without a doubt it’s the biggest game of our careers. I don’t think we’ll let the occasion get the better of us.

“We’ll go into the game with the same mindset as we’ve had throughout the competition.

“We’ve come up against some top-class opposition and nothing changes going into the final.

“We’re confident, we’ve been confident throughout the whole tournament. Without being naive we are going in there to win, that’s for sure, but we won’t get ahead of ourselves.”