Gio van Bronckhorst’s men have a Europa League final to look forward to next week and a number of players stepped up to show that they are bang up for it.
James Tavernier, Fashion Sakala, Scott Wright and Amad Diallo all got their names on the scoresheet in an emphatic win for the Gers, on the night their rivals were crowned champions of the Scottish top-flight.
However, not every player caught the eye as a few members of the Light Blues team failed to live up to the standard set by their teammates. One player who was a passenger throughout the win over Ross County was English winger Ryan Kent.
Rangers fans know exactly what he is capable of when he is at his best but he was miles off the pace as he struggled on and off the ball on Wednesday night.
The £18k-per-week gem has amassed 19 assists in all competitions, including five – and one goal – in 12 Europa League outings. He has been a regular source of creativity out on the left flank and has the potential to play a telling role in the final against Frankfurt next week.
This performance, however, was a worrying step in the wrong direction. Off the ball, he was abysmal for the Gers all night. As per SofaScore, he lost 100% of his individual duels as he was beaten by the opposition in all five of his battles. He also failed to complete a single clearance, tackle, interception, or block as he failed to get stuck in defensively.
Kent did little to make up for this at the other end. Via SofaScore, he failed 100% of his attempted dribbles and did not create a single chance in his 61 minutes on the pitch. Both of his attempted shots failed to trouble the goalkeeper and he lost possession of the ball 11 times from 37 touches.
Therefore, the lightweight was a passenger throughout the match as he did almost nothing to contribute at either end of the pitch for the Gers. His impressive teammates meant that his dire display went unpunished in terms of the result, which means that he can dust himself down and not worry too much about his individual showing.
What he will need to do, though, is ensure that he works his socks off in the next five-to-six days to put himself in the best possible position to be 100% ready to face Frankfurt.