We alluded earlier to how Stevie G signed Scott Wright, as a sign of how much further down the pecking order Jordan Jones had fallen, but there’s even more to the acquisition of the ex-Aberdeen forward.
While we praised Gerrard for his brilliant management of Ryan Kent by dropping him for the trip to Antwerp (he’s been fantastic since then), there’s more than a nod to the fact the boss signed another left winger.
Indeed, bringing in Wright was another masterstroke by our management team, as it reminded Ryan Kent that he has to keep his performances up or he will be as vulnerable as anyone to being dropped.
Wright provides that competition, and his hunger is absolutely there.
Kent’s form went off the boil for a while – a few months, in fact, and many supporters suggested he needed a ‘kick up the *rse’.
Dropping him was indeed one of those, but the signing of another left winger/forward was definitely the other.
It reminded Kent he’s not untouchable, and his position is up for grabs now should he lose his way – which keeps his concentration up and his focus strong.
And it’s worked – since being dropped, since we signed Wright, Kent’s had a complete nuke to him, and his assists and goals since coming on at half time in Belgium have been of a player given more than a nudge.
It’s overall been top top management, a way to get the best out of the club’s most expensive signing, who had just become a little complacent in recent months – had lost some of his spark.
In his defence, Kent never stopped working – we demonstrated with stats that he was working a little less hard, but still plenty, and the reality was he lacked confidence and perhaps a little motivation.
Well the dropping and the signing kick-started him again and he’s once more Rangers’ most deadly attacker – his numbers since Belgium speak volumes.
Good job Rangers.