“The best individual display at Ibrox since 2011” – a sensation for Rangers?

“The best individual display at Ibrox since 2011” – a sensation for Rangers?

We have to admit we’re a hard lot to please here at Ibrox Noise. Reaction to our last article about Ovie Ejaria was mixed at best, and while we probably won’t rate him as lavishly as many, sometimes we do wonder if we’re being too hard on him.

We can confirm, however, his summer colleague loan signing also from Liverpool Ryan Kent is winning us over spectacularly.

Not only did he admit recently that he is actually interested in staying at Ibrox (something Ejaria has never come close to) but he has started to show some real form, and after Steven Gerrard described him as a ‘player to get fans out their seats’, we must admit we’re beginning to see where the manager was coming from.

While we won’t get too hysterical yet, because knee-jerk overreaction is the curse of sites like ours, nevertheless while his display against Vienna was excellent and planted him firmly on centre stage, the encore against Hearts yesterday has to go down as one of the most thrilling displays we’ve seen from an individual at Ibrox in years.

To suggest Kent had the likes of Souttar and Haring on toast would be an understatement – his intent was clear inside a few minutes, when he turned beautifully with a deft touch and a seamless shift in gravity and absolutely did Peter Haring, only for the Hearts man to concede defeat and haul Rangers’ winger down.

And this was the only way Craig Levein’s men could deal with the flanker – just like Vienna on Thursday, they had no answer to his amazing pace, his surprising level of strength, his low centre of gravity and his sheer skill on the ball. All they could do was bring him down.

He was, in short, for the first 45 yesterday, simply breath-taking and it is one of the best displays we’ve seen at Ibrox by a Rangers player probably since Steven Naismith at his absolute pomp in 2011.

While in the second half his levels dipped a touch, as the side as a whole’s did, he still managed a number of stunning moments and that solo dribble and near goal he attempted on 58 minutes was absolutely magical.

Kent has got better, and better, and better, and after our hysteria over Glenn Middleton and proclaiming the youngster signed from Norwich was simply the better player, Kent’s level has hiked to borderline unimaginable levels.

The past two matches this lad has delivered – we don’t know why it didn’t work for him at Barnsley, Bristol or Freiburg but my God he’s hit real heights now. He was the one player who managed to deliver against Celtic at Parkhead, and while we’d never really connected with him before, we’re starting to absolutely buy into this kid now.

Rangers really are rather well off at the left wing – Kent and Middleton. And the threat of the latter may have made the former raise his game.

Which we cannot get enough of.

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  1. I’d love to see him on his natural right hand side … Middleton on the left and Candeias central in Arfields place.

  2. Well done IN and a very well deserved Gee up for Kent. The lad took a lot of stick online and there where many doubters. He has been totally outstanding the past couple games, and has brought a new level of expectancy going forward for Rangers. What a future prospect this young lad is, I also heard him say he’d like to stay at ibrox, who wouldn’t when your playing 1st team football week in week out in front of 50,000 fans, and becoming a fan favourite at that. I just fear that with these type of performances that the price then hikes and it makes a permanent signature somewhat unlikely. However we do see the Lpool bench and who can’t get into the 1st team so maybe there could be a possibility of another season loan with an option to buy. Who knows , if we are consistent enough and maintain European football again next season then the funds may just be there to snap him up. Great article IN and fully deserved

  3. I don't want to sound negative,he had a great game that's for sure, but his final ball and finishing must improve,he should have had a hat trick yesterday.

  4. Id Absolutely Keep Him!
    …Only Worry is if Liverpool want like £4-£5m for him 🤔

    Also think we ahould have Him Fighting with Candeias for RM/RW as then we have got two for Each Side

    Murphy & Middleton – LW
    Candei & Kent – RW

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