Ryan Kent has certainly thrived since making his switch to Rangers permanent in the summer.

Credit has to go to the winger, who had the chance to stay at Liverpool but decided he wanted to earn more regular minutes and made the move to Ibrox with Steven Gerrard.

The 23-year-old has already scored four goals in his 10 appearances in the league, including a great strike against Hibernian – numbers that are earning him big praise from outside.

Oxford manager Karl Robinson has worked with a number of players who are now at Rangers from his time at Liverpool’s academy, and he has been particularly impressed with the growth of Kent.

“All I did when Ryan was a kid was build a very small stage for him – and he performed on it,” he told the Daily Record.

“But he would practice with his weaker foot from the age of about nine at Liverpool. Steven now believes in him so much and is getting the best out of him. That’s just what he does as a person.

“I can’t take any credit for what Ryan’s doing now. He was a great kid and the people at Liverpool worked so hard with him.”


Credit also has to go to Gerrard, who pushed hard to make sure he secured Kent by convincing the board he would be a great addition to the squad.

It is hard to argue against that, with the Gers challenging Celtic for the title. Kent has the perfect temperament for an Old Firm derby like the one on Sunday, a fiery personality that will relish the challenge of upsetting Rangers fierce rivals.

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