Rangers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven matches as they host Ross County at Ibrox on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s side rescued a point against Brondby on Thursday night in the Europa League as Ianis Hagi’s second half strike canceled out Leon Balogun’s first half own goal.
One change that Gerrard must make to the starting XI from the draw with the Danish outfit is bringing Ryan Kent in to start. The winger made his long-awaited return from injury off the bench on Thursday and caught the eye with an impressive cameo.
As per SofaScore, he completed 100% of his attempted dribbles and 88% of his passes and won two of his three duels in 34 minutes on the pitch. He also created one ‘big chance’ as he set up Hagi for the equaliser with an exciting burst through the middle of the pitch.
The ex-Liverpool flyer collected the ball from Joe Aribo and skipped past one challenge before perfectly weighting a through ball to the Romanian, who then made no mistake in thumping it into the far corner.
Gerrard could now get the Ibrox faithful rocking in the stands on Sunday by unleashing Kent from the start against Ross County. Former Gers attacker Kris Boyd once explained why the forward excites supporters.
He said: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like he has superglue in his boots!”
Last season, Kent produced 10 goals and nine assists in the Premiership as Rangers won the title, averaging a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.23. Along with his outstanding contributions in terms of his end product, he also averaged 1.9 dribbles and 1.8 key passes per game, showing that he has the ability to be a constant threat and get fans off their seats with his dribbling and passing qualities.
This is why Gerrard must hand the 24-year-old a start on Sunday, because of what he can offer in the final third and also what he can do to the mood in the stadium before kick-off if he is in the starting XI.
AND in other news, Forget Hagi: Rangers gem with 103 touches stole the show against Brondby…