If one Rangers group has backed Ryan Kent endlessly it’s been Ibrox Noise. And we stand by everything we said – he is the best in the Scottish Premiership for chances created, meaning he is the most effective attacker for creativity.
But, and here’s the big but – here’s where we get off the Kent Express because we can’t remember the last time he had a game-changing or impacting match, where he visibly and clearly influenced a game to the point where goals were scored or the result was affected.
In short, yes, it is time for Kent to move on, because as effective an attacker as the ex-Liverpool man has been for Rangers, he is clearly visibly less potent now.
He still does get assists, he does create chances and he was absolutely value for £7.5M. But his Rangers race is probably run now, and he does look a bit like a player who’s ready for his next move.
This is in no way a diss on Kent – he’s been excellent for us, and anyone who dismisses his 5 years in Govan as ‘pish’ literally has no clue and is being extremely bitter. Ryan Kent has given us some incredible moments, the Braga goal being one, the Dortmund domination (twice) being another.
But in the here and now, his contract expires this summer, he’s showing no signs of penning a new one, and he looks like a player who is playing out time now.
Yesterday he wasn’t awful, and indeed began brightly, but he faded significantly – in a match where we needed him to stand up and be counted, he notably wilted.
By no means is Ibrox Noise turning on Ryan Kent, but like quite a few of our players who failed to deliver yesterday, Kent’s Rangers race is run, and with interest from Burnley and Leeds among others, the winger will have no lack of clubs to choose from this summer.
It is time we all moved on – there is only so long a player should stay at a club for, and Kent has been in Govan fast-approaching half a decade.
It’s a long time.
And there’s evidence now this season he’s just not got the heart for the club or league the way he did.
It is what it is, we got value for our money for him. But it’s time for Rangers and Ryan Kent to part company.