By Doug Ward

29th Apr, 2021 | 2:39pm

Ryan Kent makes Chris Sutton eat his words after 2019 blast at Rangers transfer

One of the most enjoyable parts of Rangers winning the Premiership title is seeing Chris Sutton squirm over the course of the season.

The former Celtic striker has been one of the biggest antagonists of the Govan giants since beginning his punditry career, regularly taking swipes at the Gers over the most trivial of things.

We do love to see him being proven wrong though and one of his biggest mistakes was back in 2019 when he blasted Rangers for signing Ryan Kent from Liverpool on a permanent basis.

Kent, 24, joined the Light Blues in a deal worth £7million [BBC Sport] in September 2019 after doing well on loan at Ibrox the season before.

While we admit the English winger didn’t set the Premiership alight, he definitely showed enough to suggest he’s someone who Steven Gerrard should have been signing permanently.

Unless you’re Sutton, of course.

Writing in his Daily Record column shortly after Kent’s move to Ibrox was completed, the BT Sport pundit hit out at the Gers for the deal.

He said: “Here’s my point to all of this. [Scott] Sinclair scored 17 goals last season. Ryan Kent scored six.

“If Rangers signing the winger from Liverpool wasn’t down to sheer panic in the wake of the defeat to Celtic last Sunday, then I don’t know what is.

“Kent is a good player. I even suggested at the end of last season that Celtic should try to get him to boost the squad.

“But it seems that, in the eyes of the Rangers supporters, Kent’s signing is a game changer. The last-ditch transfer window strike which is going to tilt the title odds back in their favour.

“At best, that is optimistic. At worst, it’s bordering on hysterical.”

Sutton added: “I’m not going to criticise any club for shelling out their second biggest-ever transfer fee to land a talented player.

“However, I am prepared to be sceptical about the whole reasoning behind it.

“It doesn’t add up. It looks like a final throw of the dice. And an act of desperation from Rangers.”

Looking back, Sutton’s quotes are hysterical.

There’s such a knee-jerk reaction to absolutely everything in football nowadays.

Kent was 22-years-old when he signed for Rangers permanently. Did Sutton expect him to be the finished product instantly? Was he hitting out at his former Old Firm rivals because they spent a lot of money on someone who scored fewer goals than Sinclair did at Celtic (Sinclair now plays for Preston, by the way)?

Sutton just wanted to take a swipe at Rangers and that’s now backfired horribly.

Kent is going to lift the Premiership trophy soon.

He’s scored 12 goals and supplied 13 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions this season, playing huge roles in a successful league title bid and reaching the Europa League’s last-16.

The ex-Liverpool ace has also attracted Premier League attention [The Sun] and is easily going to be worth way more that – perhaps double – what the Gers paid for him in 2019.

Sutton’s been made to look like a complete clown over his dig two years ago.

As for Kent, he is one of Britain’s top wingers.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are in the hunt to sign a title-winning forward who played versus the Scottish champions last season.