Rangers did enough to navigate their way past Kilmarnock on Boxing Day as they recorded a cagey 1-0 win to stay five points adrift of Celtic ahead of the Old Firm derby.
It was a frustrating afternoon for the Gers’ attacking players, including Ryan Kent.
Kent moved to Ibrox on a permanent basis in the summer window but he is yet to fully convince everyone that he was worth the £7.5m they paid for him.
The 23-year-old was involved from the outset against Killie on Thursday but he struggled to make a telling contribution against the defensive minded visitors.
In the aftermath of proceedings Jordan Campbell, The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent, delivered his verdict on one of Kent’s biggest problems in a post-match Q&A.
“Kent’s biggest issue for me is how he overcomplicates simple things, especially just controlling the ball. Always tries to throw in a feint before the ball has even come to him. Needs to be more efficient and I agree with you about slowing it down. He does it when he’s on the break and should be committing players too.”
Decision-making is a skill that generally takes years to develop.
Kent is very much embedded in the formative stages of his career and there’s no doubt that he will frustrate fans from time to time due to his lack of experience in certain situations.
Frankly, that is par for the course for an attacking midfielder but with time and patience he can blossom into a high quality player.
The development of his decision-making will determine how far he can go in the game, and if he continues to slow the play down on the counter, as Campbell alludes to, he will always be remembered as something of a nearly player.
It’s down to both Gerrard and Kent to ensure the former Liverpool man maximises his glowing potential and justifies the relatively large fee the Gers paid to win the race for his signature.