Rangers fans didn’t know much about Ryan Kent last summer. Unwanted at Liverpool, failed at all his loan sides, he lacked direction in his career and he wasn’t coming to Ibrox with much of a reputation. Indeed, despite how effective he was around November/December, it took him those three or four months to get to that level, and in the second half of the season his stellar displays were fleeting.
But above all else – he wasn’t our player, and all Rangers were doing was developing another club’s player at our expense for Liverpool to sell on at a huge profit. It hasn’t really worked out for Kent in that way, whereby all suitors appears to have pulled out, but nevertheless, the frustration of his not being our own player was something which punctuated his time here. And now with his apparent reluctance to return being amplified by reports claiming he joined a Liverpool pre-season camp, we’ve run out of patience.
Not Jordan Jones. Our very own winger, with stats comparable to Kent’s for a much more defensive team, while also not only playing for his country, but delivering assists – three of them in his nine appearances.
The best part of this is Jordan Jones is our man – last season Rangers had to tolerate too many outfield players who just weren’t ours. Sure, most of them were trash, but nevertheless these players we’d borrowed were obviously not our ours to keep and much of the speculation was about trying to secure them permanently – not only Kent, but for a period Joe Worrall too and Angers’ Lassana Coulibaly when he looked the part.
But with all the permanent signings Rangers have made this summer, that just isn’t an issue aside potentially Sheyi Ojo.
And it’s such a nice feeling that an international with the quality of Jones is our player after spending a year begging Ryan Kent to stay.
Makes a change.