Steven Gerrard has told Rangers’ official website that Ryan Kent was outstanding as the Gers took another step towards the Scottish Premiership title at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Light Blues thrashed Ross County 5-0. Rangers had five different goalscorers, and it was Kent who got the scoring underway with a well-placed header.
Surprisingly, the opener was the Englishman’s first goal since late November. And Gerrard insisted that he could not be happier with what he saw from the 24-year-old in the win.
“I thought he was outstanding,” he told the club’s official website. “We know he can play with the ball at his feet, we know he is fast and we know he can pass but I think an extra dimension to his game which we are keen on is he has got to break the line and run behind because it gives us such a different option.
“He was certainly right back at it today,” he went on to add. “He could’ve had a hat-trick but throughout the game he was a real threat and the job he does for the team out of possession as well is the reason why I trust him so much.”
Kent’s previously-indifferent form arguably helped highlight the progress Rangers have made in recent years.
In previous seasons, having a player as influential as Kent go off the boil could have been hugely damaging for the Gers.
However, others have stepped up. Rangers have dropped points in one league game since the end of September. That is a remarkable run, and that has allowed Kent to get back to his best.
Six goals and six assists in the top flight is an impressive return. And if his performance against Ross County is a sign of what is to come from the former Liverpool youngster, that tally is only going to grow significantly over the remaining months of the season.
And the Gers will be hoping to secure another three points on Wednesday when they travel to Easter Road.