Lovenkrands picks out two Gers who shone vs Brentford as struggling signing ups his game
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Lovenkrands picks out the two Rangers players who shone vs Brentford

Rangers coach Peter Lovenkrands has picked out his two top performers from Tuesday night’s friendly defeat to Brentford B, as captured by RangersTV.

The Gers sent a Development squad all the way down to Surrey for the fixture, with a mixture of Academy and first-team players getting game time.

The most notable inclusion was Sweden international Filip Helander, who made his first appearance since early December, as he steps up his bid to be fit for Sunday’s Old Firm.

However, it wasn’t the 6ft 4″ centre-back’s performance that Lovenkrands highlighted. Instead, despite the scoreline finishing 2-0 to the hosts, it was two attack-minded players.

Helander made his return for the Rangers XI at Brentford but was upstaged by creative players. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“In possession, I thought there were some top performers for us,” he said, as captured by RangersTV. “I thought Kai Kennedy was outstanding again, in a wee bit of a deeper role than he has normally been playing.”

“I thought Brandon Barker as well worked extremely hard and was really good for us as well. He had a really, really good game.”

“Those two for me were the standouts. There were some good performances out there, but still, a frustrating game for us as it could have easily been 3-3 or 2-2 at least, because we had some good chances, but they were more clinical then we were.”

Verdict

It’s no real surprise to see Kai Kennedy’s name highlighted again here.

The 17-year-old, who made the first-team bench for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Ross County, has been in excellent form all season and was recently the pick of those in Light Blue against a quality Atletico Madrid side in the UEFA Youth League.

He looks a major asset for the club and if managed properly, may soon be ready to become a genuine part of Steven Gerrard’s squad.

Barker is in a rather different scenario. He’s six years Kennedy’s senior and has a lot more experience at senior level, but has struggled to get going this season following a transfer from Manchester City.

His inclusion for this game showed that he wasn’t in the manager’s plans for Thursday’s Europa League fixture against Bayer Leverkusen, but at least he made use of the runout.

He’ll no doubt be hoping that Lovenkrands passes his thoughts up the line, as that may improve the Englishman’s chances of adding to his 12 appearances for the season.

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