Rangers recorded a priceless 4-2 victory over Aberdeen on Wednesday evening – a game in which Ryan Kent enhanced his growing reputation at Ibrox with an excellent all-round display.
Unsuccessful loan spells with SC Freiburg and Bristol City last season evoked reasonable cause for concern amongst the Gers faithful when Kent arrived in Scotland.
He didn’t quite hit the ground running during the early stages of his Rangers career but fleeting moments of quality hinted that there was a huge talent brewing beneath the surface.
Suspicions regarding the 22-year-old’s potential to thrive at this level have since come to fruition, with a series of potent attacking displays helping him to establish himself as a key player under Steven Gerrard.
Kent looks comfortable in his temporary environment, but the fact he would face huge competition for a starting berth at Liverpool suggests that Gerrard should be discussing the possibility of a permanent deal with Dave King in the coming months.
Predicting the emergence of a future legend is no easy task. Players come and go from football clubs at the first sight of a pay rise or a bigger challenge, and it doesn’t take too many positive performances to draw interest from afar either.
But considering Kent’s glowing form in recent months and the position Rangers currently find themselves in, it’s fair to say he should do everything he can to make his temporary stay a permanent one.
If the Glasgow giants manage to strike a deal with Liverpool there is no question he could grow into a legend on the Ibrox terraces.
After watching Celtic dominate Scottish football with such imperious swagger in recent years, the supporters will want nothing more than to silence their bitter rivals by clinching the title.
Any player who plays a key role in a future title win will have a special place in the hearts of Rangers supporters, especially a player in Kent who plays with the flair and dynamism of a truly memorable talent.
Whether the winger will stay at Ibrox beyond the season remains to be seen, but the quality he has showcased this season suggests that Gerrard’s decision to bring him to the club last summer might have set the wheels in motion for a new Rangers legend to emerge.
Time to secure a permanent deal, Mr King.