Ryan Kent’s second-half injury wasn’t greeted with the panic it may have previously by Rangers fans, many of whom are frankly a bit tired of the winger’s poor form.
Steven Gerrard has discussed this issue in the press, admitting Kent hasn’t been at it this season, but backing him to get out of it and get back to his best.
In truth, we’ve continued to praise his workrate and graft, because he never stops committing, trying and fighting. But the end product has been mostly AWOL this season and Kent needs a time out.
But Stevie was never going to drop him, and short of an injury, Kent would play on.
Well, that injury is here – we don’t know the severity of the knock he took, we’ll find that out in the coming days, but following on from Filip Helander’s bad injury which led to surgery and now a 3+ month absence, Kent’s the second Rangers player to be facing time on the sidelines.
But this time it’s a player fans really wouldn’t be unhappy to see rested.
In truth, Kent has become slightly complacent. He IS still working hard and he ISN’T hiding, but he knows the quality of play will not earn or cost him his place.
He will always be selected.
And as such, this potentially enforced absence might not be the worst thing for him…