Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has rubbished Chris Sutton’s claim that the signing of Ryan Kent was a “panic” move – and admits he’d been trying to get Kent back to Ibrox from the moment he left.

Sutton made his nonsense claim after the Old Firm defeat in his Daily Record column, and Gerrard made it clear that Sutton – as usual – couldn’t be further from the truth.

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

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The Gers boss admits that Europa League qualification helped bu also feels that the signing of Kent shows the ambitions of the Rangers board.

“The Celtic defeat had nothing to do with it,” Gerrard said as quoted by the Daily Express.

“We’d been trying to get Ryan Kent through the door from the moment he walked out the door. It wasn’t a reaction to losing.

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“We had a board meeting the day before the Old Firm game where we discussed it and thankfully we got it done just in time but there were times through the transfer window when I didn’t think we’d get him in.

“We did everything we could and qualifying for Europe certainly helped the club fund the deal but the board have shown again they are very ambitious and want to try and get back to the top.”

Kent is likely to make his second debut at some stage in tomorrow’s Premiership clash with Livingston at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 04: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Ryan Kent of Rangers are seen at full time during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Ibrox Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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After being frozen out at Liverpool in recent weeks, he might take a game or two to get up to speed and build his match fitness up.

With Feyenoord visiting Ibrox on Thursday in the Europa League, there will definitely be an eagerness to get him up to speed before then.

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