By Nick Ware

26th Apr, 2021 | 11:43am

Stephen Craigan praises Ryan Kent for dazzling moment in Rangers v St Johnstone

Stephen Craigan was awestruck by the abilities of Ryan Kent despite Rangers crashing out of the Scottish Cup to St Johnstone on Sunday evening.

Rangers were bitterly disappointing throughout and eventually lost on penalties to Callum Davidson’s side but there were at least a few flashes of brilliance, and Kent was the architect of most of them.

It was one moment down the right-hand side that caught Craigan’s eye during live commentary for Premier Sports.

Kent took on Scott Tanser and twisted him inside out before curling in an inviting delivery for Alfredo Morelos, whose header was brilliantly saved by Zander Clark in the Saints goal.

“You’ve got to say what dancing feet from Ryan Kent, he turns Scott Tanser inside out,” Craigan said.

“It’s a delightful ball…the best passage of play for a while by Rangers.”

Bag of tricks

It was a brilliant jinking run by Ryan Kent and often he looked like the only one capable of opening up the defence.

That must be a worry for Steven Gerrard, in that it’s often left to his fleet-footed abilities to open up opportunities and others seem to shrink into the shadows.

But Kent comes alive when the pressure is on and it was a quite sumptuous delivery into Morelos who didn’t do too badly himself, but the Saints goalkeeper was equal to his header.

Ianis Hagi started the game but he was substituted in the second half and Kent took the opportunity to operate on the right-hand side, away from his usual spot on the left, to try and torment Saints left wing-back Tanser.

Ultimately it proved futile as the Light Blues were left to rue their profligate finishing, but Kent can at least hold his head high.

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