Glasgow Rangers legend Ally McCoist has praised Ryan Kent’s performance for Steven Gerrard’s charges today as the Ibrox side got their Scottish Premiership campaign off to a winning start.
The 23-year-old scored the only goal of the game against Aberdeen, darting through the gap left by Scott McKenna and Ash Taylor to bear down on goal and calmly fire past Joe Lewis.
It proved a great start for Rangers, who were dominant for most of the game, and for Kent, who will be hoping for a better season this time round after a tricky 2019-20 campaign.
Kent enjoyed a bright season on loan at Rangers from Liverpool in 2018-19, scoring six goals and registering six assists in 23 Premiership appearances.
This prompted Steven Gerrard to splash out a reported £7million for the then 22-year-old last September, and he was tipped to be a game-changer in the Gers’ quest for title number 55.
However, 2019-20 ended up being a somewhat disappointing campaign for Kent, who failed to register a single assist in 21 Scottish Premiership appearances, though he did net seven times.
McCoist, speaking on Sky Sports, stressed how Kent should be aiming high and doing better than he has done, but was nonetheless pleased with how he did at Pittodrie.
“He’s got to contribute more in terms of goal scoring return,” he said. “He did that today – it was an accomplished finish. He finished it like a goal scorer who should be scoring more goals.
“He certainly should be in double figures. I think Kent will be looking to 15 goals a season. With the way Rangers are playing, he’s coming in off the side.
“We gave him some stick for coming deep and I definitely think he should have a higher goal return but that said, he got the winner today and it was a good, good finish.”
Kent was not the only Rangers player who underachieved last season – many Light Blues did, hence the collapse in domestic form after the restart.
However, today’s goal and all-round good play will have no doubt given him a confidence boost, and starting a season with a win, a clean sheet and a fine display is pretty much ideal.