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Alex McLeish has thrown his support behind Rangers winger Ryan Kent despite his poor run of form in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The 24-year-old blanked once again in the 1-0 win against Hibernian on Saturday, making it one goal in his past 20 appearances in all competitions.

McLeish labelled Kent as a “game-changer’ at Ibrox, claiming that he is the type of player to pop up with a crucial goal sooner rather than later, with the Celtic clash around the corner.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s going through a spell of trying to make things happen in areas of the pitch, and not getting into the crucial areas.

“The thing about Kent is he’ll probably come up with goals when you’re talking about him in this way, and he’ll probably come up with a winning goal in a much-needed game when they are struggling.

“He’s a gamechanger, again he’s crucial to the dynamics of the team. He’ll probably be wishing he was in the same numbers as Tavernier.”

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Steven Gerrard won’t want to change a winning side, but Kent must be getting close to the firing line with yet another shocker against Hibs.

The 24-year-old failed to create any chances, and also failed to hit the target with two shots on goal according to WhoScored.

McLeish does make a great point, though.

Kent was going through a poor spell before his screamer against Aberdeen last month and came up with the goods in the Old Firm last season too.

The Bears will be looking to get revenge on St. Mirren on Wednesday, and Kent grabbing a goal in that one would be the perfect warm-up for that massive clash against Celtic next week.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd blown away by ‘brilliant’ Bears ace in 1-0 win v Hibs

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