Rangers' hopes against Celtic could hinge on receiving late player boost
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Ryan Kent of Rangers celebrates after he scores during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Rangers' hopes against Celtic could hinge on receiving late player boost

When Rangers take on Celtic on Sunday, they will be hoping to pull off a repeat of December’s victory.
A big factor in that 1-0 win, though, was Ryan Kent.

Kent soaks up the acclaim of the Ibrox crowd after the landmark Old Firm triumph. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was superb on the left-flank, torturing Mikael Lustig throughout. When fit and available, he’s a shoo-in for Steven Gerrard and outside of suspension, he’s played almost every minute since the turn of the year.
However, as the manager confirmed to RangersTV, the 22-year-old took ill during the fixture against Hibernian at the weekend.

There has been no further update on Kent’s condition, so the Young Player of the Year’s availability for the Celtic clash is as yet, unknown.
It’s imperative that he pulls through, though.
Not only was he excellent at Ibrox, but he starred in the most recent derby installment at Parkhead.
It was his wonderful solo goal which took the 10-man Gers to within touching distance of an unlikely draw.

Kent left several defenders for dead before tucking a finish past Scott Bain. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

He’s clearly a big game player and Rangers need the flair and creativity he brings from the left side.
No one else in the squad can get at the opposition full-backs as he can. Not to mention, Lustig will be dreading having to face him again.
Hopefully, then, Kent only picked up a minor bug at the weekend. It’s likely we’ll find out during Thursday’s press conference, and his availability would offer a massive boost to all in blue ahead of Sunday’s big showdown.

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