By Pranav Shahaney

21st Aug, 2021 | 8:10am

Barry Ferguson sends warnings to Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic

Rangers duo Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic have been praised by Barry Ferguson for performing well for the Ibrox outfit since joining them.

The former Rangers midfielder has also called on them to keep improving as the likes of Scott Wright and Calvin Bassey could be knocking on Steven Gerrard’s door for a place in the first team.

In his column in The Daily Record, Ferguson wrote, “Kent and Barisic have been brilliant for Rangers since arriving, but you can’t sit still.

“The performances of Wright and Bassey prove that there will always be someone champing at the bit waiting to take your place and pushing you onto the sidelines if you are not hitting the levels.

“He’s [Bassey] looking strong, his delivery into the box was good as he’ll have had a strong grounding at a place like Leicester. Bassey has had time to settle into surroundings and he’s ready to push Borna Barisic on this evidence.”

He also mentioned the Celtic clash next Sunday, but asked the Gers players to not get carried away as they’ve got two big games before they square off against their local rivals.

“Everyone knows it’s Celtic next Sunday for Rangers, but that can’t enter their thinking,” he wrote.

“It’s about doing the business in Dingwall and Armenia. Two games Rangers are expected to win against opposition who will make things tough.”

Need to kick on from here

Our first-team players, the ones whom we usually rely on to deliver week in and week out, have let us down at the start of the season.

As Ferguson mentioned, the likes of Bassey and Wright have stood out in different games, and while it is good to see our fringe players challenge for first-team berths it’s worrying to our regular starters playing in this manner.

Even against Alashkert, we looked dire in the midfield and the final third for one half and needed John Lundstram to be sent off for us to come out all guns blazing in the second period.

Steven Gerrard alluded to these things in his post-match press conference as well, but there needs to be a lot of work done on the training pitch if we are to win the league again and mount a significant challenge in Europe.

The Celtic game next weekend will also give us a good idea as to where we are in terms of our performances and nothing less than a victory will satisfy us.

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