Yesterday’s 5-0 thumping of the Imps revealed a number of things, some of which we shared with you earlier today, but one of them deserves a bigger stage:
The ability to win matches, and win them well, without relying on Ryan Kent.
The benching of Kent was a shock yesterday, a gamble from Stevie with no one predicting Rangers’ star player would be sat watching on, but sat watching on he was, and Gerrard made the bold call to play without a single proper winger.
And while the performance wasn’t outstanding, it was good enough, and it demonstrated Rangers are not a one-man team and don’t rely on Kent.
Let’s not play this down – the Imps beat Celtic, and they’re a decent team on their own patch, with a style of football that does win games at this ground, and they’ve proven that over the years.
While they’re hardly Bayern Munich, they’re a handy side, and Rangers put them away with some ease, frankly.
And without Ryan Kent even needing a warm up.
It was a big statement, beyond all the many others – we don’t need Ryan Kent. Ok, we do, to rephrase that, we don’t depend on him above all others to get results, to get performances.
We’re not a one-man team.
And that’s important – that we will always have him as an ‘option’ and that he is our danger man, our big threat, but that we have a squad who can still win without him.
It’s critical the squad can do this – with players falling like flies (more on that later as we said) it’s essential the players who fill in can still win.
And Stevie’s fringe Rangers yesterday did exactly that.