Ex-Rangers striker Kenny Miller has tipped under fire £7m Rangers man Ryan Kent to be a success at Ibrox despite growing pressure over the player’s price tag.
The Ibrox side splashed out the meaty fee for the tricky winger to bring him to Rangers from Liverpool in the summer but Kent has been largely inconsistent since returning to the club.
The Scottish Player’s Young Player of the Year whilst on loan last season, Kent has shown in flashes the quality that made Rangers shell out the excessive transfer fee.
But Kent, 23, has not delivered enough or been consistent enough in the final third of the pitch as Rangers fans demand more of last summer’s marquee signing.
Miller appreciates the Ibrox crowd is unforgiving and impatient but he has backed Kent to develop into a top player in Glasgow.
“What you’ve got to remember about Ryan Kent is he is a young player,” said Miller [Sky Sports].
“It took him a little bit of time to get up to speed and get used to his surroundings, and then he lit it up last year – I thought he was absolutely outstanding from October onwards.
“This season, there’s been a lot made about his price tag, and that’s something that needs to be forgotten about.
“Does it add extra pressure?
I think it does because the club has outlaid a lot of money, and the fans realise that too, but it doesn’t take away from the fact he is still a young man near the start of his career – and he’s going to have a wonderful career.
“I’ve seen flashes of his brilliance, but it’s not been as consistent as we expected.
“There’s no doubt he’s going to be a big player for Rangers over the four or five years of his contract, but as always in Glasgow you need to make an immediate impact, particularly with everything that is at stake at the moment.”
Kenny Miller knows what it’s like joining Rangers as a youngster having signed on at Ibrox from Hibs as a 21-year-old.
The Ibrox striker would go on to have three separate spells at Rangers, scoring over 100 goals and winning six trophies.