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Glasgow Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must ruthlessly ditch Ryan Kent

Glasgow Rangers are currently licking their wounds following last night’s shambolic 7-1 defeat at Ibrox, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men having now shipped 16 goals in just their opening four Champions League games amid what’s been a miserable return to life in Europe’s premier competition.

As the post-mortem continues following the Gers’ inexplicable second-half collapse at the hands of a rampant Liverpool side, one man who is perhaps rightly under scrutiny is Ryan Kent, with the explosive winger having been somewhat anonymous up against his former club.

The expectation would have been for the former Anfield youth product – who joined the Old Firm outfit on an initial loan deal in 2018 – to have a point to prove against his previous employers, although the 25-year-old was one of a number of figures who simply went under against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The £15.75m-rated forward had been criticised prior to Wednesday’s clash for his lack of impact and work ethic in last week’s defeat on Merseyside, with pundit Frank McAvennie suggesting that the Englishman is the “biggest failure” for the Glasgow side at present.

The Oldham-born speedster has been linked with a return to the Premier League in recent times – with former boss Steven Gerrard reportedly keen on a reunion at Aston Villa – with the £18k-per-week man facing an uncertain future with the Scottish giants with just under a year left on his current deal.

As McAvennie suggested, however, “nobody is going to touch him” – referring to possible suitors – if his work rate does not improve, with Kent having done himself little favours with that meek display last night.

The former England U20 international was restricted to just 22 touches in his 76-minute outing, failing to provide a single key pass and also failing to record a single successful dribble, while also winning just one of his four total duels on the night.

The Scotsman’s Andrew Smith suggested that it was a ‘typical Kent performance’ due to his inability to make an impact in the final third, while Football Scotland’s Euan Robertson suggested that the 5 foot 8 star simply ‘went missing’ in the second half, before his eventual withdrawal.

Pundit Neil McCann was notably critical as he suggested the fleet-footed forward had “disappeared” amid that second-half collapse, while also stating that Kent can have “so much more influence” than he is currently.

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Such a performance will likely be of real concern to manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with the Dutchman perhaps considering the player’s place in the side, as well as whether it is worth fighting to try and keep the contract rebel beyond the end of the season.

On recent evidence, it could well be time to ditch the one-time Bristol City loanee both for this weekend’s clash with Motherwell, as well as potentially in the long term.

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