Alex McLeish thrilled by Ryan Kent after Rangers masterstroke by Steven Gerrard

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Alex McLeish was thrilled by Ryan Kent’s new central Rangers role in the 4-1 win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Gerrard played Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos in the final third at Ibrox, leaving the former Liverpool talent in the pocket.

McLeish was in awe of Kent for his performance and individual pieces of brilliance that terrorised the Celtic defence all afternoon.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He popped up and he was picking pockets.

“He was finding those pockets of space, and he’s got some great techniques, with individual skills that take men out and eliminate defenders.

Magic.

Kent was superb on Sunday and deserved more from his performance in terms of goals.

Celtic simply couldn’t handle him, and this new role gave him so much more freedom to get on the ball and reap havoc all over the final third.

The viral clip of Kent skipping past Greg Taylor with ease just highlighted how he still affected the game out wide as much as he did centrally, they simply couldn’t handle him.

Gerrard has managed the winger perfectly, and this subtle masterstroke could see him reach another level in Glasgow in years to come.

This is bringing the best out of not just Kent, but clearly Roofe as well and we can’t wait to see more this season and beyond.

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