Chris Sutton believes that Ryan Kent is a positive signing for Rangers, but is doubtful whether he can ultimately have a final say in the title race.
The Gers completed the £7million (BBC) signing of the Liverpool attacker on the summer transfer deadline day and he’s now back at Ibrox.
Kent had a successful loan spell with the Gers last season and is now back in Scotland on a permanent basis.
The 22-year-old is a skilful winger that was a regular in Steven Gerrard’s team last season and got fans off their sears.
He played 43 times across all competitions for the Light Blues, scoring six goals and supplying nine assists in return.
There has been a lot of excitement about Kent’s return to Rangers and the supporters needed a lift after losing 2-0 home to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Rangers hope they can push Celtic loser this campaign in a title race, but pundit Sutton doesn’t ultimately believe that Kent can make a difference in that sense.
“Kent is a good player. I even suggested at the end of last season that Celtic should try to get him to boost the squad,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“But it seems that, in the eyes of the Rangers supporters, Kent’s signing is a game changer. The last-ditch transfer window strike which is going to tilt the title odds back in their favour. At best, that is optimistic. At worst, it’s bordering on hysterical.
“I’d imagine he’ll make a positive contribution to Steven Gerrard’s team, but is he going to be the difference in the race for the league flag? I’d doubt it.”
Rangers were reminded last weekend of the huge obstacle ahead o them in Celtic if they do want to win domestic silverware this season, preferably in the race for the league title.
They can’t be too downbeat over one game at this early stage of the campaign, but Gerrard needs to make improvements.
Kent is going to inject some extra quality out wide and has proven for Rangers that he can be a goal threat drifting in off the left flank.
He will need to try become even more clinical though and a higher goal output will be needed to get his team truly in the title mix.