Stevie G altered tact on Kenty – and it worked perfectly

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Ryan Kent of Rangers is challenged by Robbie Crawford of Motherwell during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on January 17, 2021 in Motherwell, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around Scotland remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise readers will recall this piece we penned recently where we defended Ryan Kent and explained that while his form isn’t visually as sparkling, he’s still been working hard (if not as hard as usual) and he’s continued to try.

And that the only thing Ryan Kent really needed was confidence, and an ignition, and he’d get back to his old self.

Last night, Kent’s cameo obliterated Antwerp and demonstrated clearly what confidence can give a player like him.

On with 40 minutes to go, Kent managed three shots, two of which were on target, and an excellent 87% passing level.

He got the ball 35 times and his off-ball movement was excellent. His one-two with Alfredo Morelos for the goal was absolutely exquisite, and then his dribble and finish to make it 3-3 was just spectacular.

That’s the Ryan Kent we explained to you that paid back his £7M fee last season in Braga.

Last night he did it all over again with an excellent cameo and a truly world class goal.

Kent just needed a lift, a spark, a moment that reminded him what he can do.

Steven Gerrard managed this perfectly – he claimed Kent was carrying a knock, but that was just lip service to protecting the winger’s form and morale – putting him on as an impact sub ended up being a wonderful move which gave Kent less expectations and less pressure, and more chance to play as he can.

And how.

There’s no doubt Kent remains Rangers’ most dangerous attacker – no one has his pace, no one has his trickery and no one can do what he does.

In full flow and full confidence Kent is a £30M winger, and displays like last night show that player full blast.

We’re really happy for him, and hopefully he has a strong end to the season now.

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  1. A welcome return to form for Kent. When I heard the pre match analysis I thought it sounded perfectly set up for Kent to find the space needed to find the confidence to perform the way we know he can. The reality is Kent has been poor recently but if he would believe in himself more he could score goals like that EVERY week. Come on Ryan. You’ve got it.

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