In the end, Glasgow Rangers cruised to a comfortable victory over Hibernian at Ibrox to extend their lead over Celtic in the Scottish Premiership to 18 points at the top of the table.
Ianis Hagi finished off a well-worked team goal instigated by Kemar Roofe to open the scoring in the first half in what ultimately proved to be the decider.
However, Hibs weren’t without their moments, but arguably lacked the cutting edge to cause Rangers any real problems at the back.
Steven Gerrard fielded a largely-unchanged starting line-up from the side that beat St. Johnstone which will have left very little for excuses for what was in the end a rather tepid affair.
Jack Ross’ side looked dangerous at times, in particular down the left hand side of the pitch, which will no doubt have given Gerrard some cause for concern as Rangers left-winger Ryan Kent, who reportedly earns £18,000-a-week, looked far from his very best against Hibernian.
As former Scotland striker Steven Thompson pointed out on BBC Sportsound, Rangers lacked a real spark in the second half. It might seem a bit harsh to pin the blame solely on Kent, who has been an integral part of Gerrard’s side this season so far, but the 24-year-old winger was rather disappointing.
SofaScore graded the former England U20 international with a miserable rating of 6.2 out of ten – the lowest out of any Rangers player on the pitch – the wasteful passenger shockingly lost possession 15 times, the second-highest out of all of his teammates, and failed to register a single shot on target or record a key pass in the entire game.
This is a pretty shocking return by anyone’s standards, let alone someone who has provided five goals and six assists in 20 games in the top flight so far this season, via Transfermarkt.
He also won just three out of his 13 duels in total (23%), was dribbled past once, committed two fouls and failed to complete a single dribble successfully from four attempts.
There’s levels to this game, and Kent really should be doing so much more against a side who had conceded 17 goals in the Premiership alone prior to the game.
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