Rangers’ marquee summer signing Ryan Kent made his second debut for the Gers this afternoon against Livingston – but it was to end in frustration for the Ibrox star as he was forced off through injury after 40 minutes.
Kent was one of four changes to the starting XI for the Ibrox clash and started brightly as he put the visitors’ defence under pressure in search of the opening goal.
With five minutes remaining until the break, Kent’s afternoon came to a premature end as he chased Scott Arfield’s pass before pulling up with an apparent hamstring injury.
After only completing his £7million to Ibrox on deadline day, Kent looked distraught as he made his way off the pitch – although he didn’t appear to be in too much pain so, hopefully, he’s just been over-cautious.
Steven Gerrard’s side face Feyenoord on Thursday in the Europa League as they head into a hectic run of games and losing Kent for any prolonged spell would be a big loss for Rangers.
Gers fans on Twitter were just as gutted as the winger to see him make his way off – although one or two think Gerrard should take some criticism for his “very naive” decision to start Kent.
Here are some of the best comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Why Gerrard has started Kent I’ll never know, very naive and he’s been punished for it.
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) September 14, 2019
Kent injury after he sprinted through the middle to try and get onto an Arfield ball. Was limping immediately. Hope the reaction was more the disappointment of the game being over early for him today.
— Stevy Martin (@_inexcelsisdeo) September 14, 2019
Kent’s hamstring away?! Shouldn’t have started today. Not match fit! Bringing him on as a sub would’ve been the better decision
— Cheryl (@gers_chezza) September 14, 2019
That is a hamstring for Kent. Weeks out probably.
— Q (@54Beats44) September 14, 2019
Kent started that game well and showed us by going past players how much we have missed him. Gutting for him to get injured.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) September 14, 2019
said at the start i wouldn’t start kent, fair enough he’s been keeping fit but he’s no played football in like 4/5 months and we fling him into the starting line up, wow cba
— gillian (@gillian1872x) September 14, 2019
Absolutely woeful first half.
Kent going off injured has ruined ma day.
— Ibrox Loyal (@_IbroxLoyal) September 14, 2019