Rangers travel to Easter Road on Friday night to take on Hibernian, in the SPL and the opposition manager has been speaking about a Gers star, as quoted by The Scotsman.

It’s a must win fixture if Gerrard’s men are to stay in contention. In fact, they all are, between now and the end of the season.

Rangers’ last trip to Hibs in December, finished 1-1. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

There’s recently been a changing of the guard at Hibs, with Neil Lennon departing and Paul Heckingbottom coming in.

One perhaps surprising factor, is that the 41-year-old coach is very familiar with one of Rangers’ star players.

Ryan Kent.

Heckingbottom was the manager at Barnsley, when the winger spent the 2016-17 season at Oakwell.

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On loan from Liverpool, he made 44 league appearances, scoring three times.

Kent turns out for Barnsley against Wigan. (Photo by Paul Keevil/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“His time at Barnsley helped to bring Ryan out of his shell”, said his former boss, as quoted by The Scotsman.

 

“He was a big part of what we were. We used his pace a hell of a lot in how we countered.”

“We identified his strengths and what we thought were his weaknesses in terms of what we were looking to improve and that was very much in line with Liverpool.

Will Heckingbottom know how to stop Kent?

Clearly, in some cases, working knowledge of an opposition player is going to be an advantage.

However, while the Hibs boss can offer informed advice to his players, the 22-year-old is unplayable at his best.

The loanee hammers home a finish against Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kent has come on leaps and bounds this season, too.

Therefore, he’s now capable of a lot more than back in his Barnsley days.

Lets hope he shows that, come Friday night.