Shortly after Steven Gerrard became Rangers manager over the summer, he used his Liverpool connections to bolster the Gers’ playing squad.

Of those brought in, Ryan Kent has looked the best addition by far.

Kent celebrates the opening goal against Hamilton in October (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The winger brought energy and creativity to Rangers’ performances over the early season.

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In addition, he managed a very useful three goals and an assist in the league, before picking up a hamstring injury at the beginning of November.

Would a cameo from the bench not have been a better way to reintroduce the valuable player? (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Although results remained largely positive in the meantime, Kent’s absence was still keenly felt.

Did he need to start against Dundee?

Clearly, the manager also missed his presence. While the 22-year-old’s immediate reinstatement into the starting XI was a crowd pleaser, it did seem a little rash.

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Borna Barisic, who had been out for a similar period, was only deemed fit enough for the bench. This was despite getting 45 minutes under his belt for the reserves the week previous.

Yet, despite Kent’s complete lack of match practice, the manager threw him in at the deep end. Hamstring injuries are normally managed carefully, but Gerrard took a gung-ho approach with his star man.

Kent played alongside James Milner and Danny Ings in Liverpool’s pre-season, before joining Rangers. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The result saw the loanee subbed at half-time due to injury. A precautionary move, maybe, but it seemed an unnecessary risk to take altogether.

Surely the best approach would have been a run out from the bench, with a start against Rapid in mind.

He now looks unlikely to feature in the biggest game of the season so far, and, if that transpires, it could be the costliest error of Gerrard’s reign so far.

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