Following on from Scott Arfield, Rangers News’ attentions turn to Ryan Kent.

The 22-year-old arrived on a season-long loan from Liverpool, in late July.

Steven Gerrard clearly new the player well from his time as Head of Liverpool’s Academy, and believed he could bring something different to Gers line-up.

Kent took part in Liverpool pre-season before making the move. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He made his first start just four days after arriving, and his abundance of raw talent was immediately clear.

Kent featured week in, week out through the early parts of the season. Yet, while he made exciting runs and produced memorable pieces of skills, end product wasn’t always there.

It took eleven matches for the loanee to open his account for the club, notching the second in a 4-0 hammering of Dundee.

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The winger also scored in consecutive matches in October. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

In all, he has accumulated 24 appearances. That’s an impressive number of outings.

Especially, considering he missed almost all of November and two weeks in December, through two separate hamstring issues.

How important is he?

Kent’s coming of age in a Rangers shirt, as with several others, came against Celtic.

 

He tortured Mikael Lustig throughout and skipped past Scott Brown with ease on multiple occasions.

His performance was absolutely electric.

Unsurprisingly, the display led to calls for Rangers to sign him up permanently and it’s rumoured that informal discussions to that end, are now taking place.

The 22-year-old saved his best display for the biggest occasion. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

With only three goals and two assists in the league so far, the end product hasn’t always been great.

Yet, he brings an edge to the side, that no other member of the squad can offer.

If the Gers can keep this guy fit and he builds on that Old Firm performance, special things could follow in 2019.

Grade: B+

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