By Doug Ward

8th May, 2021 | 11:10am

Chris Sutton: Ryan Kent has not been consistent all season at Rangers

Chris Sutton claims that why Ryan Kent is Rangers’ “X-factor”, the winger has also shown signs of inconsistency over the course of the season.

Kent, 24, has undoubtedly had his best season at Ibrox, scoring 12 goals and supplying 14 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.

He’s played a major role in the Gers winning the Premiership title and reaching the last-16 of the Europa League.

Ex-Celtic striker Sutton sounds as though he’s a fan of the former Liverpool winger but claims that he hasn’t been consistent enough this term.

“I think he’s the X-factor for Rangers, he is so super sharp,” Sutton said, as shown on BT Sport’s Twitter account on Friday night.

“He’s got that little burst where he can get away from players.

“I don’t think he’s been at his best all season – I think he’s been a little bit inconsistent.

“But he’s a brilliant player and is a player who can change a game.”

Give it a rest, Chris

Sutton clearly cannot praise a Rangers player without dishing out some criticism too.

Kent’s been magnificent this season and to expect him to not have a couple of quiet spells is simply wrong.

Players rarely go an entire season without a few games where they don’t score or aren’t as impactful as they usually are.

Kent has had quiet spells but on the whole, he’s still been the best attacking player in Scottish football by a large margin.

According to stats by Wyscout, he ranks fourth in the league for goals and assists combined [16].

No player has had more touches inside the penalty area than Kent [136], who has also completed the most one-v-one dribbles in the Scottish top-flight [265].

It doesn’t stop there either as Kent has also completed the most key passes [32] and deep completions [68], which is a ball from outside the penalty area into the danger area around the goal.

Kent is also third in the Premiership for progressive runs [132] and fifth for assists [7].

Yet Sutton still finds a way to talk down this attacking marvel.

In other Rangers news, this BBC Sportscene pundit claims a Gers ace has a weaker case than one of Celtic’s players.