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Rangers could unearth Kent 2.0 in Lyall

One of Steven Gerrard’s best pieces of business at Rangers has been the signing of Ryan Kent from Premier League side Liverpool.

The English winger has produced 27 goals and 32 assists in 137 competitive matches for the club since initially joining on loan in 2018 before signing permanently for £6.48m.

Last season, Kent managed ten goals and 11 assists in the Scottish Premiership as Rangers romped their way to the title in style, highlighting his importance to the side.

Kent 2.0

Instead of forcing Ross Wilson to splash out on another promising winger, Gerrard could unearth Kent 2.0 from the academy set-up at Ibrox by bringing through teenager Arron Lyall.

The Gers boss could find a new wing wizard by handing the 18-year-old a chance to play in the first-team and show what he is capable of at senior level. He has previously been named on the bench for a Europa League match, which suggests that Gerrard had enough faith in him to throw him on if needed, although he failed to make his debut that night.

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Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister praised Kent last year because of the way he was playing at the time. He remarked:

“I’d agree that he is very exciting at the moment and playing with a lot of confidence.”

This is a compliment that has also been thrown at Lyall. He played four games on loan at Inverness earlier this year and Neil McCann said this about him:

“We’re delighted to bring Arron into the squad and thank Rangers for their help with getting the loan agreement until the end of the season.

“Arron is an exciting young player and while he may not be seen as a starter, him coming in helps us boost the squad on either of the wings, which is an area we are currently light in due to injuries and an intense run of fixtures.”

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This suggests that, much like Kent, he could provide excitement in his play from out wide on either flank. Of course, he would need to make the step up and show that he has the quality to provide the goals and assists needed to be a regular for Rangers, but until he is given the chance to do so it remains to be seen whether he is able to.

He has scored once in four outings for Scotland at U16 level and has scored twice for the B team so far this season. If he can translate his goals over to the senior squad then it could save Wilson needing to dip into the market for a new winger.

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