Glasgow Rangers face Napoli on Wednesday evening in their second Champions League match, knowing that it could be a game that boosts the Ibrox side’s confidence following two thrashings at the hands of Celtic and Ajax, or it could totally derail their season.
The team need a positive result to relieve some of the pressure that Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the board have come under over the previous two weeks and a home tie against one of the best Serie A sides will pose a significant challenge.
One thing is for certain, the starting XI needs to be changed ahead of the contest, with various members of the first team showing no heart or desire in the last two matches, with Ryan Kent amongst them.
Ryan Kent is arguably the Light Blue’s biggest creative talent, and the stats prove this over the course of his spell in Glasgow, with 30 goals and 50 assists proving the £7.5m fee the Gers stumped up to sign him up has been justified.
However, his performances this season have been disappointing, to say the least, with Rangers Review Journalist Derek Clark stating that Kent has been “misfiring” as of late, and with no goals scored and just three assists all season, this criticism is warranted.
Clark also claimed on the Rangers Review Youtube channel that he thinks Kent should have “a spell on the side-lines” and Van Bronckhorst should seriously consider this option,
In the Premiership this season, the Englishman has only made 1.5 dribbles per match, lost possession on average 14.2 times every game, and makes only one accurate cross per game – and these stats clearly show his influence is affecting the rest of the team.
Rangers icon Ally McCoist even weighed into the topic, suggesting that Kent was “lazy” following his performance against Ajax and when an Ibrox legend slams your performances, it’s time to give someone else a shot on the left wing.
The question is who? Fashion Sakala can add that air of unpredictability but has only featured for a grand total of 12 minutes in the league so match sharpness will clearly be an issue.
It’s a tough call for the Dutchman, it’s too soon to say the club are in a crisis, but another 4-0 thrashing by Napoli and serious questions will be raised – with Kent appearing to be a prime candidate for a stint on the bench following his slow start to the season.