With today’s renewed stories about Ryan Kent’s surprise imminent return to Ibrox, a number of Rangers’ fans reactions have been similarly surprising, and more than a touch odd.
On the news the 22-year old winger could well be coming back to Govan, many suggested he was a heck of an upgrade over Jordan Jones.
This, for us, represents the emotional and slightly unfair stance of football fans when they get a shiny new toy.
There is no denying Ryan Kent, now and then, set Ibrox alight last season. We never denied his ability, and we praised it fully – he destroyed Celtic, Rapid and Hearts single-handedly while delivering some breathtaking displays up there with the finest wing performances we can remember for decades.
However, there is no doubt consistency was a key issue, and in all his 43 appearances for Rangers, he only stood out in this manner in around 5 of them.
Far too often he was unable to exert his influence on matches, and indeed took around 5 months to actually get up to speed at Ibrox. He was a very slow burner.
Whereas Jones has been an instant hit, and has produced a number of extremely impressive displays already. He also does it for Northern Ireland, which Kent never will for England.
Kent, in 9 appearances, managed one assist and no goals in Europe. Inside four appearances, Jones has already managed an assist along with lively displays.
Has Jones completely lit up Ibrox yet – no, not quite. But he’s one fans have taken to instantly and while he possibly lacks the trickery and low centre of gravity Kent has, he adds a wonderful balance to the left instead and causes constant mayhem on that side.
If Kent does come back to Ibrox, it would enhance the squad – but we don’t want Jones to be rejected by some fans in this manner after the start he’s made to life at Ibrox.
That simply isn’t fair, or loyal.