Rangers will be grateful to have Ryan Kent back in the starting XI according to pundit Jackie McNamara.

The 23-year-old has been in fine form in recent weeks after a stuttering start to the season due to a hamstring complaint, and he provided the assist for Alfredo Morelos’ first goal in the Gers’ 2-2 draw with Feyenoord in midweek.

Reflecting on that game, McNamara was quick to hail the wide man.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He looked very sharp [v Feyenoord], coming in off the left-hand side, creating the goal too. He looks stronger.

“Aye, they’ll be very happy to have him back to have him raiding up and down the left.

“The crosses [for Morelos] were good, they were two great headers. The first one, there’s not too much pace on it but he put it in the right area.”

We all know how good Kent can be when he gets going. After all, you don’t win Young Player of the Year in your debut campaign unless you’ve got a bit about you.

After such a frustrating start to his second spell at Ibrox, it’s nice to see him back on the pitch at all, but to have him influencing matches in the way that he is at the moment.

There’s no doubt about how good he can be, and the likes of Alan Hutton and Noel Whelan, both speaking to Football Insider have been eager to emphasise the potential he has yet to tap into.

Hopefully now, with a permanent deal signed and with his injury issues behind him, Kent can kick on and show Ibrox just how special he is.

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