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Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst must bin Ryan Kent

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has some tough decisions facing him ahead of the January transfer window after some disappointing performances of late.

His side have lost all four of their group-stage matches in the Champions League so far this term and look set to crash out of Europe altogether, after reaching the final of the Europa League in 2022/23.

They are also second in the Premiership and two points behind their Old Firm rivals, which leaves them with ground to make up if they want to win back the title.

The Light Blues need their players to hit top form in order to achieve success this season and a few of van Bronckhorst’s regular starters have not been at their best.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor has conceded a whopping nine goals from 12 shots on target in the last two matches, against Motherwell and Liverpool, and has been far from convincing between the sticks. His positioning for multiple goals against the Reds was questionable and he allowed a free-kick to sail over his head in the win at the weekend.

However, Ryan Kent’s performances this season have also left a lot to be desired and the January window could be the perfect time for the manager to finally bin him.

The Englishman is out of contract at the end of the season and selling him in the winter could prevent losing him for nothing whilst giving Ross Wilson some cash to bring in a replacement heading into the second half of the campaign.

It was recently reported that Premier League side Leeds United are eyeing up the forward and the Light Blues must take advantage of this by cashing in on him.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Kent has been a fine servant for the club over the year, scoring 31 goals and assisting 51 in 189 outings, but his wastefulness on the ball since the start of last season has been disappointing to watch.

In the 2021/22 campaign, the English winger scored three goals in 46 appearances in all competitions – including two goals from 65 shots in the Premiership.

This term, he has scored once from 16 shots in eight matches in the Scottish top flight and has also been tackled in 65% of his attempted dribbles.

Former Gers striker Kris Boyd recently admitted, speaking on Sky Sports, that the club should be seeing better performances from the forward, saying: “Rangers do need more from him, he needs to do more for himself. In the contract situation, it’s one where you can look at it and say, has he spoken to somebody are there other things there.

“Even if you have and your future’s away from Rangers, then you’ve got to be doing better to show them that you’re ready to come to you, whether it’s in January or next summer.”

The £18k-per-week attacker has been far too wasteful in front of goal in the last 18 months or so and that is why van Bronckhorst must allow him to leave in January, which will then provide Wilson with the chance to bring in a player with a bigger goal threat.