Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd insists Ryan Kent is “worth far more” than Alfredo Korelos and Glen Kamara and thinks critical fans have forgotten how many times the winger has “carried” the Gers in the last two seasons.
Kent has struggled to find any sort of form this season, being replaced at half-time of Thursday’s win over Alashkert by the impressive Scott Wright but Boyd remains adamant that Kent remains the “top man” at Ibrox.
With ongoing speculation over his future, Boyd admits that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rumours are affecting the Rangers star and sympathises with the 24-year-old when people say he should “just get on with it.”
“Supporters can quickly forget how often Kent carried this team in a number of matches over the past two seasons,” Boyd said [Scottish Sun]
“So many times he was the game-changer, and quite often it was on the big occasion.
“The winger is a terrific player and I’ve no doubt he will rediscover his best form. This kid is still Gerrard’s top man. He is still the one who will command the biggest transfer fee when he does leave. There is no doubt he is worth far more than Alfredo Morelos or Glen Kamara and maybe his value is the cause of his current problems.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if all the transfer speculation this summer is affecting him. I keep hearing people saying he should just get on with it and blank it out of his mind. Let me tell you, that is easier said than done. I know from personal experience how being linked with a move can play with your head.
“It can be difficult to overcome, especially for a young player. Kent is only 24, don’t forget.”
Kent has been crucial in recent seasons but that doesn’t count for much when he’s struggling just now.
Players – like managers – are only as good as their last game and Kent needs to improve his levels quickly or he’ll rightly be losing his spot in the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been explaining why one of the club’s attacking players has been dropped from a major Ibrox squad.