Sir Kenny Dalglish has jumped to the defence of Rangers winger Ryan Kent. 

The 23-year-old has struggled for form this season, and has just six goals and four assists to his name in 28 appearances across all competitions.

But Dalglish has urged people to be patience with the wide man.

Writing in a column for The Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “Ryan is receiving some criticism at the moment, and I think it’s unfair on the lad.

“The unfortunate thing for footballers is that there is usually someone who is singled out for negativity. But Ryan has to put that out of his mind and focus on his job.

“He is a talented footballer and has the ability and mentality to come through this.

“Maybe he is just trying too hard, and that in itself can be a problem. I just hope he is allowed to play without feeling people are ready to jump on his back.

“Remember, this is his first full season at Rangers as a permanent signing, and it’s impossible for any footballer to produce 40 weeks a year of the very highest standard they are capable of.”

Does Dalglish have a point?

It’s nice to hear a pundit jump to a player’s defence like this for once, rather than just pile in on him when the going gets tough.

If we’re honest, we all know that Kent can produce a lot more than he is, and it is frustrating to see a player of his calibre flounder in the manner that he is.

Even during this difficult season, however, there have been glimpses of what Kent can do for the Gers.

He is still averaging a pass completion rate in excess of 83%, and he is still managing 9.85 successful dribbles per game, as per Wyscout.

In fact, the only thing that is drastically lacking is an end product.

If he can rekindle that, then the Bears will once again have the player who tore the league apart last term.

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