Stevie G and G-Mac play mind games with press over Ryan Kent

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 06: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (L), with assistant Gary McAllister in the dug out during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister may have been indulging in a few games with the press lately after G-Mac lauded Ryan Kent for England while Gerrard poured cold water over the idea.

Both Rangers’ senior men took to their media duties on the Kent issue, given the English winger’s dazzling form this campaign, but it appears they have been playing games with the journalists as one says one thing and the other contradicts him.

McAllister of course suggested England might be taking a look at him, and that his form has warranted that, while Gerrard debunked that and argued the attacker doesn’t need such headlines right now.

It’s interesting to see the two at the top deliberately obfuscate the situation by giving contradictory statements on Kent’s England prospects, but of course Gerrard’s words are more erring on the side of caution and asking the former Liverpool man to just concentrate on his club game.

Which is of course all he is doing.

His last two domestic matches didn’t quite hit the usual heights he’s capable of, but his performance in Holland was bang on the money and exactly what he’s capable of these days.

But either way Stevie G and G-Mac going all out to confuse the press and give completely different stories about the winger implies a lack of desire to give the press a clear message and instead keep the reality of what they think in-house.

And let the player get on with what he does best.

And that works for us.