Rangers are keen to unleash Ryan Kent in the Scottish League Cup final to capitalise on Celtic’s perceived weakness at right-back, according to Football Insider.
After a stuttering start to the season, the 23-year-old has found his form in recent weeks, and it is understood that coaching staff at Ibrox are working with him to ensure he is in peak condition for the clash against the Gers’ bitter rivals next Sunday.
With Hatem Abd Elhamed sidelined due to a groin injury, the Hoops will likely choose between Moritz Bauer and teenager Jeremie Frimpong at full-back, and the feeling is that Kent can have real joy against either player if he is fully fit.
Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see the best of Kent again.
The hamstring injury that kept him in the treatment room for several weeks after finally completing his £7.5 million switch from Liverpool finally seems to be behind him, and over the past couple of weeks there have been flashes of the talent that was deemed worth of the Scottish PFA’s Young Player of the Year last term.
His wonder strike against Hamilton last weekend was one thing, but his performance in midweek against Feyenoord was enough to get pundit Noel Whelan drooling to the extent that he questioned why Liverpool had ever let him go in an interview with Football Insider.
All the signs are promising, and if his game time is managed correctly between now and the clash against Celtic, he could be the difference-maker in a mouth-watering tie.