Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has branded Ryan Kent‘s red card in the friendly win over Lyon as ‘stupid’ – but believes it could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Steven Gerrard’s side.

Kent was dismissed for making contact with a Lyon player’s face and Ferguson thinks it’ll let Gerrard ‘lay down the law’ to his players ahead of the ‘most testing and mentally-draining’ the players might experience.

DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24: Barry Ferguson of Rangers celebrates winning the Scottish Premier League trophy after the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee United and Rangers at Tanadice Park on May 24, 2009 in Dundee, Scotland.

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Despite Kent’s ‘petulant’ slap, Ferguson believes it might just help the Gers after several instances of poor discipline in recent seasons.

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“Kent was stupid. The sending off took a bit of the shine off a very impressive victory against Lyon,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.

“The Rangers winger was daft for reacting and slapping out at Marcelo even if that’s all it was – a silly wee slap. It was petulant and if you even flick someone’s ear now you’re off.

 

“But I’ll tell you what, his red card might actually be a blessing in disguise.

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“Why? Because it gives Gerrard the perfect opportunity to lay down the law to his players ahead of what is set to be the most testing and mentally-draining season they might ever experience.”

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: Ryan Kent of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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Kent has picked up a couple of silly red cards now and he really needs to learn not to get involved – even if he’s provoked like in the Lyon game.

Rangers were hurt far too many times last season by players being dismissed and it really needs to stop if there’s to be any chance of title number 55 this season.

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