We’re extremely sorry to 90% of Rangers fans who appear to feel the opposite to Ibrox Noise on this, but we have no axe to grind with Ryan Kent at all, and wish him the best in his new career.
See, Ryan Kent has never once sulked. He has never once spoken about wanting to leave. He has never given less than 100% until recently, when his mind started admittedly moving towards the exit and not wanting injured.
Until perhaps the last few months, Kent has completely repaid his transfer fee, and only bitter fans would smear him as a waste of £7.5M.
We doubt they said that when he scored against Braga. We doubt they said that when he owned Rapid Wien alone. We doubt they said that when he destroyed Scott Brown and Celtic during 55. We doubt they said that when he single-handedly owned Borussia Dortmund and made Jude Bellingham look no more than decent. We doubt they said that when he came on in Belgium as a sub and scored a beauty v Antwerp.
In short, some Rangers fans, many, in fact, are being extremely unfair towards a player who gave this club a lot more than a lot of the wasters to shame the shirt.
Kent never stopped working for us, never stopped giving what he had, and it’s only the last maybe 12 weeks we’ve started to see a bit of a downing of tools when there was so little left to play for and he had to start thinking about himself.
Because if there’s one thing Kent isn’t it’s selfish – he’s always been a team player, always mobile, running, lifting the levels of others. And to suggest otherwise would be bitter and false.
But his numbers definitely have not been good enough. 33 goals in 218 is a poor return, even if some of those goals were big. Assists? 57. Decent but not sensational. He’d be very unhappy himself with the return there.
Indeed, Kent’s biggest attribute was creating in the last third. Being there to build attacks – at that he’s the best in the league, the top playmaker in the Scottish Premiership by a fair while.
But it’s not the sexy stuff, it doesn’t get noticed, and so fans have given him a lot of stick in recent years.
He did have a little burst of form under Beale from November up till February, but now he’s done at Ibrox and he has understandably taken his foot off the gas.
Ibrox Noise is not going to join the lynch mob who would have him stoned – he’s given us plenty, and he’s decided five years against the hammer-throwers of the SPL is enough. Who can blame him. He’d play his career out here if we were in a better league.
Unlike Morelos and Kamara he’s never once spoken about leaving, and he’s held himself with dignity.
So sorry, if we’re not going to lambast the boy.
He has given us much more than many have.