Rangers ran out deserved winners at Ibrox yesterday in the last Old Firm of the season.
It was a dominant display from start to finish with most Gers players winning their individual battles.
For the third time in a row, Ryan Kent did for Mikael Lustig, too.
The Swedish international right-back was tortured at Ibrox in December, where he was subbed at half-time. At Parkhead last month, the Liverpool loanee gave him the run around once more.
On Sunday, Lustig just about made it to the interval, when he was replaced by Jeremy Toljan.
Before that, though, he had looked terrified every time Kent picked up the ball. The likes of Mikey Johnston and Oliver Burke all needed to track back deep into their own half to make sure Lustig wasn’t left one on one with the tricky wide man.
An apparent muscle injury conveniently allowed Lustig to pass on responsibility to the Dortmund loanee, who didn’t fare much better.
The major threat Kent poses doesn’t really translate to his stats. Six goals and six assists in 23 league appearances isn’t a remarkable return.
Yet, he makes things happen and gets fans off their seats. That and his fearless approach to big games are what’s seen him become such a popular figure at Ibrox.
His last Ibrox appearance?
Yet, some were concerned by his actions at full-time on Sunday. He stayed out longer than the rest of the team and waved to the stands with his hand on the Rangers badge.
It’s always hard to tell for sure with these things, but some feared it was a final goodbye to the Ibrox faithful.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
Didn’t like the look in Ryan Kent’s eyes on the pitch after the game. Seemed to be a realisation that was it.
— Mike (@ShankillBear) May 12, 2019
ryan kent saying goodbye at full time broke my heart
— 🍊 (@ryankenty) May 12, 2019
How much I hope that isn't the last time we see Ryan Kent at Ibrox but by the way he went to the fans it looks like a major possibility
— Jason Munro (@Jason_Munro1) May 12, 2019
@ryankent saying goodbye to us has cut me deep. Goodnight sweet prince, we love you more than you will know
— Fraser Campbell (@frascampbell) May 12, 2019
Pretty safe to say we have seen the last of Ryan Kent in a Rangers Jersey. Lap of the pitch clapping the fans at the end said it all! Gutted, boy is going to be a star for someone else! What a player! #KentWillTearYouApartAgain
— Grant (@grant_mckay) May 12, 2019
If a never see Ryan Kent or Alfredo play at ibrox again, ad just like to say it was a pleasure💙
— Rossco (@RossG1872) May 12, 2019
Don’t cry that it’s over. Smile cause it happened💙 pic.twitter.com/QxShiCnB8N
— Dylan Forsyth (@Dylan_F98) May 12, 2019
Ryan Kent said goodbye to Ibrox today. He'll be sadly missed by all Rangers fans. 😪🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/K1W0bVc2nM
— Rangersbasis (@Rangersbasis) May 12, 2019
Seeing Ryan Kent saying goodbye at the end was heartbreaking
— Lewis Cowie (@LewisCowie3) May 12, 2019