The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has singled out Rangers star Ryan Kent as a player who was ‘poor’ against Hibernian on Boxing Day.
Rangers managed to secure an important 1-0 victory at Ibrox on Saturday against Jack Ross’ side.
Writing during The Athletic’s coverage of the game, Campbell was quizzed on Kent’s performance by one Rangers fan and in response, he said: “Was poor today. Lacking conviction when he is in the final third and giving up possession too often. Can’t see him dropping out though, unless they give Aribo a shot that side.”
Kent kept his usual place in the front three, starting alongside Kemar Roofe and goalscorer Ianis Hagi.
Despite his poor showing against Hibs, both Roofe and Hagi were taken off, while Kent saw the game out.
Remains key to Gerrard despite a poor showing
There is no denying, it was not a good day at the office for Kent.
According to WhoScored’s average match ratings, he was statistically the worst Rangers player that started the game, recording a rating of 6.4.
No other Rangers player came remotely close to Kent – with both Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara next in line with ratings of 7.0.
Steven Gerrard will be hoping that it is nothing more than a minor blip for Kent – who has been integral to his side’s form this season.
Kent has started in every league game for Rangers this season and with nine goal contributions so far, he is very much an important figure for Gerrard.
His form this season reflects that too, with the former Liverpool youngster boasting an average match rating of 7.51 in the league.
Gerrard will be hoping it is nothing more than a bit of fatigue catching up with Kent – the win against Hibs was his eighth match across in all competitions throughout the month of December.
For a player who is featuring every three or four days for an entire month, poor performances were always going to come.
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