Kent, 25, cost Rangers £7m in 2019 and is the most expensive player in the squad but heading into this window everyone was well aware the ex-Liverpool talent is entering the final year of his deal.
Rangers risk losing the winger for nothing come the end of the season but if performances such as those put in against Celtic continue, it may well be time to part ways.
In the clash with Celtic, Ryan Kent’s lack of focus was exemplified by switching off for Celtic’s first and second goals.
For the first strike, Kent complains about not being awarded a throw-in before Celtic take advantage by quickly forcing the ball into the box and Abada scoring as the statuesque Rangers defence watch on helplessly.
For the second, the winger gives the ball back to the Celtic players for a throw-in and is miles out of position at Matt O’Riley plays the ball to Jota.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was furious.
It’s just atrocious stuff from a player who is on a clear slide and decline and who really needs to make his mind up over what happens next.
There have been times over the last few years when Ryan Kent has been formidable for Rangers but over the last two in particular his domestic performances have dropped way below standard.
The winger is struggling to have a proper impact on games and has cut a disinterested and dissatisfied figure.
Perhaps the contract situation is hanging over him, perhaps he has an eye elsewhere, but we need committed players at Rangers who can deliver for us consistently.
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The problem is the same one fans have been bleating over all summer long; we can’t drop him because we fundamentally do not have the strength in depth to replace him.
And yet there are times when the winger – such as against Celtic – when Ryan Kent is worse than a man down.
I’ve defended Kent to the hilt in the face of a lot of unfair criticism from the Celtic-minded given his contribution in Europe over the last few seasons.
But it’s telling that three of the four Celtic goals came from their wide players in one match whilst Ryan Kent hasn’t hit the back of the net in the Premiership since scoring in a 2-0 win over St Johnstone in mid-December 2021.
This clear lack of focus and commitment is a genuine bugbear and Ryan Kent should’ve either signed up or been shipped out in the summer.
Instead we’ve got a player out of form and clearly in two minds with doubts regarding both his commitment and ability to deliver for Rangers at present.
Speaking of all that – the Rangers team, management and board stand accused of letting each and every one of us down at Celtic Park.