Rangers star Ryan Kent has spoken out about his journey back to full fitness, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Ibrox from Liverpool and signed a permanent deal in the summer, with his reported £7.5m transfer fee [Sky Sports] the second largest in the club’s history.
It hasn’t been the start he’d have been hoping for, having featured just five times in over two months due to a hamstring injury sustained on his first start.
He’s yet to complete a full game since officially becoming a Rangers player, but things are moving in the right direction.
“It was quite deflating to pull my muscle the way I did on my return against Livingston,” said Kent, as quoted by the Daily Record. “However, I’m ready to make my mark again. I’m feeling better, feeling more fit, so the best is yet to come.”
“I’m getting closer to 90 minutes and it’s a case of monitoring my injury at the moment.
“My muscles are still recovering from what I went through, so it’s just about keeping ticking over until I’m ready for a full game.”
The winger also said he’s looking forward to the prospect of playing European football under the Ibrox lights again, ahead of the clash against Porto.
Rangers are entering an extremely important period in the season, as the pressure ramps up on three fronts.
Between now and the end of December, the Europa League group stages will be completed and the winners of the League Cup decided.
What’s more, in the Premiership, the Gers have two away games on the bounce this month, ahead of trips to both Celtic Park and Pittodrie in December.
Therefore, it’s great news that Kent feels like he’s getting back towards his sharpest levels. As a wide player who possesses flair, pace and quality, the Gers will require contributions from him in both European and domestic competition between now and the winter break.
With his wonderful assist for Alfredo Morelos and his general liveliness, he showed promise against Hearts at Hampden and going forward, Bears will be looking for consistently high-level displays.