While Steven Gerrard praised the centre-back partnership and the impact of Jermain Defoe during his post-match interview with RangersTV, there were two stand out performers from last night’s fixture against Aberdeen.
Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.
After arriving on loan from Liverpool in the summer, injury ensured Kent had a stop-start first half of the season. However, since an outstanding Old Firm display, he has went from strength to strength.
Last night, particularly in the first half, he looked close to untouchable at times.
It was his raw pace, close control and venomous shot which led to the first goal, while neat link up play saw him register an assist for the second.
Of course, he went and got himself sent off again, and that could hurt Rangers in coming games.
However, in the first half, the Colombian’s contributions struck the blows that set his team on the way to three vital points.
He benefitted from Kent’s industry to open the scoring with a calmly taken poachers finish.
His second effort was on a whole other level, though. When he collected Ryan Kent’s pass on the edge of the area, there didn’t seem to be much on.
Yet, in a flash, he shifted the ball to his left side before excellently stroking a pass-like finish into the far corner. No power – just all placement and class.
How long will they stay at Rangers?
If Kent keeps up this kind of performance level between now and the end of the season, you’d have to say Liverpool would be crazy to let him leave on a permanent deal.
Additionally, despite his disciplinary record, 23-goal Morelos will surely be one of the most coveted assets in Europe in the summer.
The Gers need a miracle if they want to hold on to either beyond the end of the season.
Right now, that doesn’t much matter though. Gerrard’s men are chasing number 55 and these two are pivotal to any success.
In tandem, they are a pleasure to watch and Bears should enjoy it while it lasts.