Former Rangers star Andy Halliday believes that the lack of a genuine challenger for Ryan Kent’s place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI makes things hard for the manager to take him out the side when he isn’t playing well.

Kent has struggled for form recently but with the likes of Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and Brandon Barker in reserve, Kent’s place in the side is virtually assured regardless of what he does.

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Hearts’ Andy Halliday and Steven Naismith celebrate their equaliser during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts(Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Halliday hopes Kent can play through his recent dip and get back to his best soon but admits there’s nobody who could really replace the former Liverpool kid if Gerrard did decide to make a change.

“I think that must be hard for a manager though, when you know somebody is that talented and he’s not really playing that well, but you think he’s that good that you just need to keep playing him and hope he gets better and back to form,” Halliday said [Open Goal]


“I think the boys that are behind him as well; Jordan Jones is out of favour, Greg Stewart is out of favour, Glenn Middleton is out of favour.

“So it’s not really as if he has somebody absolutely battering the door down who is flying or playing well to take over from him.”

Gerrard could opt to use someone like Ianis Hagi or Cedric Itten out on the left but there’s no guarantee either would be any better than Kent there.

While the Rangers wideman hasn’t been at his best recently, he’s contributed massively this season as the Gers have romped clear at the top of the Premiership table.

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Kent hasn’t been at his best lately as Rangers cruise towards the title(Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With a run of crucial games coming up, getting Kent back firing – or managing to replace him – is vital for Steven Gerrard and Rangers in the title race.

The Ibrox supporters were revelling in the meltdown of one of the Parkhead club’s most prominent fans as he made up a patently false claim about Rangers’ 9IAR title haul.

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