Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants to see £7million Ibrox star Ryan Kentplay with freedom and go and express himself” after getting a proper pre-season under his belt this summer.

Kent has had stop-start pre-seasons in recent years with moves in the middle of the summer disruption his preparations, and Gerrard hopes his side can see the benefit from it.

Nice's Austrian defender Flavius Daniliuc (L) vies with Rangers FC's English midfielder Ryan Kent (R) during the friendly football tournament match between OGC Nice (OGCN) and Glasgow Rangers FC on July 18, 2020 at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)

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The Ibrox boss admits that the former Liverpool kid is enjoying his football and already showing signs of delivering more assists and goals this term.

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“We want Ryan to play with freedom and go and express himself, he is smiling, sharp, and enjoying his football and posting numbers in terms of goals and assists after the benefit of a full pre-season,” Gerrard said.

 

Kent has had an impressive start to the season and looks much more like the player Rangers fans were hoping for when he signed from Liverpool last summer.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Ryan Kent of Rangers FC is challenged by Dean Campbell of Aberdeen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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If he can maintain this level of form, he will be a massive player this season and could make a huge difference in the outcome of the title race.

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After finally getting a proper pre-season completed, it just shows how much a player’s form can affected in the short term with the disruption of transfers in the middle of the summer.

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