Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hopes that Ryan Kent can prove to be the difference in tomorrow’s League Cup final clash with Celtic at Hampden – and admits that it’s the reason the Gers “invested” in the former Liverpool winger.

The Gers shelled out £7million to bring Kent to Ibrox permanently minutes before the summer transfer deadline after impressing on loan last season and Gerrard insists he has the quality to “turn a match” in the Light Blues’ favour.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Since returning to the club, Kent has started to hit his stride in recent weeks and the Hampden clash could just be set up perfectly for him, and Gerrard hopes so too.

“I hope so. And it’s the reason why we invested in Ryan because we believe he has the quality that can turn a match on this kind of stage,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“He can contribute on the big stage and I think you have seen that. But, look, there are many good footballers on both sides.

“This is what finals are all about. Who going to be the person or the team who provides that big moment on the big stage?”

After the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen on Wednesday, some Gers fans are worried about their side’s chances at Hampden but Old Firms usually see form go out the window.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 24: Ryan Kent of Rangers FC is tackled by Mateus Uribe of Porto during the UEFA Europa League group G match between FC Porto and Rangers FC at Estadio do Dragao on October 24, 2019 in Porto, Portugal.
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Getting their hands on the club’s first trophy since 2011 will be a huge step in the right direction and could end up having a say in the outcome of the title race.

With a huge clash against Young Boys to follow on Thursday night, there’ll be no time for Rangers to over-celebrate – or feel too sorry for themselves – after the final whistle tomorrow.

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