Colin Armstrong of the Gersnet podcast (March 9th, 5:30) has praised Ryan Kent, while insisting that he “deserves a bit of criticism”.
Kent has struggled at times this season and had not scored for the club since January, in the 2-1 defeat to Hearts.
However, he was on the scoresheet on Monday, scoring a 77th-minute winner in the 1-0 victory over Ross County.
Kent was signed from Liverpool for a fee of £7.5m, and Armstrong, while praising him, has claimed that he does deserve the criticism that may have come his way this season.
He had previously claimed that Rangers prefer to be underdogs, leading to intense criticism from Kenny Miller, who claimed “that’s not what the football club is about”, per BBC.
And Armstrong said: “Even Ryan Kent, I know he’s taken a lot of stick and he deserves a bit of criticism especially when you consider the fee involved.
“The one thing I will say about Ryan Kent is that he never hides, he always looks for the ball.
“His decision-making is a wee bit all over the place at the moment, he’s making some bad decisions in terms of what he’s doing and when he’s doing it. But he never hides.”
Sometimes a player just needs to snap a streak.
After seven games without a goal, Kent hit the back of the net against Ross County.
Across seven games between November and December, he scored five goals, showing that he does have the ability to get back on the scoring trail.
Rangers’ title hopes are surely gone, of course, as they are 13 points behind Celtic, and now it comes down to ensuring that the players are in peak condition if they are to have any hope of progressing in the Europa League; they face Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.
Steven Gerrard, and the Rangers fans, will have to hope that Kent now has the bit between his teeth after his latest strike.