Glasgow Rangers romped to a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen FC to move eleven points clear of reigning champions Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
After hammering Hamilton Academical at home in an 8-0 win before the international break, Steven Gerrard’s side extended their unbeaten run by beating third-placed Aberdeen at Ibrox, having beaten the Dons at the Pittodrie Stadium at the start of the season.
Several of Gerrard’s top stars were in sublime form at the weekend, especially in the first half where the home side largely dominated proceedings from start to finish, winning almost every battle in the air and on the ground.
Whilst much of the focus will be on James Tavernier after the Rangers skipper scored his 10th goal against Aberdeen, Ryan Kent was a constant menace throughout the game, as he caused Derek McInnes’ side all sorts of problems by popping up all over the place.
The usually reliable left winger finally answered his critics in style as he forced a fine save from Joe Lewis, before he opened the scoring with a sensational long-range strike to end his 10-game goal drought stretching back to the 4-0 win over Dundee United.
Kent then capped off an impressive performance after he set up Scott Arfield for Gerrard’s side’s third goal.
Per SofaScore, the 24-year-old received a high rating of 8.1 out of ten for his efforts – he took two shots on target, 46 touches of the ball, had one shot blocked, completed three key passes and 31 out of 34 passes at a pass success percentage of 91%, whilst he also made one tackle and two interceptions, which shows that he contributed defensively as well as the Gers kept their 17th clean sheet in all competitions so far this season.
Once described as a “frightening” beast by Arfield after a strong start to the season, Kent’s performances had somewhat tailed off before the international break, with one goal in his past eleven games prior to the game against Aberdeen.
But he bounced back in sensational style which will have reminded Gerrard precisely why he cannot afford to lose the winger in the winter transfer window.
Kent re-joined Rangers from Liverpool for £6.5m plus £1.5m in add-ons on a four-year deal after a successful loan spell last year. Since then, he has become the go-to man for the Gers manager, having scored 20 goals and supplied 20 assists in 96 games for the Light Blues in all competitions.
Brandon Barker is Gerrard’s only other option on the left wing, but the Ibrox boss has been reluctant to use the Manchester City academy product in the Premiership this season, with all but four of his appearances in the top flight as a substitute so far.
Gerrard will be keen to wrap up a deal for the dynamo as soon as possible, amid rumours that Leeds United remain interested in Kent.