Rangers winger Ryan Kent has been speaking out about the need for him to add greater numbers to his game this season, highlighting the growing pressure on the player to deliver.
The £7m+ signing from Liverpool has shown in the early part of the season that it is a burden he is willing to shoulder after he scored the only goal of the game against Aberdeen.
But the talented 23-year-old is not resting on his laurels and knows there is increased expectancy on his him this season as Rangers look to lift that elusive 55th title.
The winger also spoke up the club’s performance at Pittodrie as he praised his teammates for seeing out the match whilst discussing the lack of fans at Pittodrie.
“I try to better myself in every department of my game,” said Kent [Daily Record].
“Every season that I go in to, I have my goals and I will keep pushing for them.
“Numbers are a big part of a forward’s game and I need to deliver, so that’s what I have set out to do.
“Everyone put in a shift and saw the result out. It is a great start for the team.
“We were in the same circumstances last season when we had the lead and we went out in the second half and were poor, so everyone knew what we needed to do.
“We went out after half-time and delivered. Everybody put in a solid performance in and out of possession.
“Obviously, it’s different. You want fans in the stadium, especially the Rangers fans as they are the 12th man in this team home and away.
“But it’s up to us. We are the people out on the pitch performing and we have to do our duty.”
These are encouraging words from Kent and he has already begun to put them into action this season.
The tricky forward has been amongst the club’s best players this pre-season and against Aberdeen, he took responsibility, did not hide, drove at the defence and in the end, was the difference.
If Rangers are serious about challenging Celtic, then the likes of Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi will need to contribute closer to the numbers which our rivals get out of James Forrest and Ryan Christie.