What do Rangers now do with Ryan Kent?

What do Rangers now do with Ryan Kent?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Ryan Kent of Rangers is seen in action during the pre-season friendly match between Rangers and West Ham United at Ibrox Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ryan Kent’s dismissal to the Rangers bench for the first time as one of GVB’s charges on Saturday sent him a message that his rather indifferent performances this season are now ready to cost him his place at Ibrox.

And that he’s not beyond being dropped.

The only two players at Ibrox 100% immune to being dropped for bad form are Tavernier and Goldson – thankfully, Tavernier hasn’t really been in bad form to justify it anyway, while Goldson mercifully is emerging out his slumber at long last.

But Kent?

When he appeared in the second half, it was his best chance to demonstrate a hunger and fight for the jersey. Having been called out by Gio the day before, the winger just had to nail a couple of trademark moments to show he was up for it.

Unfortunately he looked as flat as a sub as he has a starter, and we’re starting to wonder if his Rangers race is run now.

The problem Gio has is his natural replacement, Tom Lawrence, is unavailable till next year, and the other options are the substandard Scott Wright, the not-quite-there yet Rabbi Matondo (who’s a right winger by trade), and Fashion Sakala (who’s clearly better on the right).

In short, there’s no one who looks ready set to steal his place, because no one at all is delivering on the left side.

After years of being blessed with an abundance of left wingers, none of whom could usurp the formerly outstanding Ryan Kent, while the right flank remained neglected, the problem has reversed.

Now the left is a problem area, while the right has Sakala, Roofe and Matondo.

Of course, there’s adaptability, but end of the day, we don’t have much depth to replace Kent adequately.

Is it a problem?

Well we’re off the back of a 4-0 drubbing of a side we expected a test from, so maybe the issue isn’t that large overall.

But it’s certainly one to watch.

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  1. Kent has been looking for a move for a while, and will be signing a new pre contract with someone down South in a couple of months time. He’ll either go for peanuts, or on a free in May.

    The question you should be worried about is, which clown in the boardroom is responsible for allowing players to enter their final year of contract with their future still in doubt.

  2. Just a thought, I would bomb Kent out in January and short term would try and get Barry Mckay back from Hearts so we had a bit of balance in the team at least Mckay would put a shift in unlike Ryan K#nt.

  3. Just wants away to me .
    Not ax good ax he thinks he is .
    Star here but ordinary down south.

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