By Adefunmiloye Alani

27th Dec, 2021 | 10:10am

Andrew Dickson praises Rangers medical team for efforts on Ryan Kent

Andrew Dickson has showered accolades on Rangers medical team for the way they have handled Ryan Kent’s recent hamstring issues.

The Light Blues secured a 2-0 win over St. Mirren at Ibrox on Boxing Day ahead of the winter break, and while Celtic’s 3-1 win over St. Johnstone earlier in the day ensured they kept up with the Gers at the top of the table, Ange Postecoglou’s side lost key player Kyogo Furuhashi to a hamstring injury some few minutes into the clash.

Gers-mad Dickson, who works as a freelancer with Sky Sports, saw it as a chance to aim a dig at the Hoops, reacting to “issues elsewhere” on his personal Twitter account.

He said: “Should have won by more with Morelos getting at least three, but Rangers go into the break six points clear.

“Seven Premiership wins in a row (under Giovanni van Bronckhorst), six clean sheets on the bounce too and no hamstring injuries either.

“Team is sitting in a good place ahead of a well-earned break.”

“Joking aside, while hamstring issues continue elsewhere, Rangers’ medical staff deserve credit for doing things the right way with Kent.

“Not always brilliant today, but he’s done very well since returning and without being rushed back.

“Better that than to have him keep pulling up.”

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Kent has had three hamstring injuries in each of his three seasons since joining Rangers, missing 29 games and 132 days of action as a result [transfermarkt], but it appears that could be in the past.

While Celtic’s Japanese striker hobbled off the field for the second time in three weeks while appearing to hold his hamstring, the Rangers ace played on Sunday without any issues, and that is good to see.

He is not firing on all cylinders right now, but he needs to keep fit and stay off the treatment table first, and he can rediscover his form afterwards.

Kent was attracting Premier League clubs of recent, and while that is no longer the case given his dip in form, he can always get rejuvenated like most of the players under GvB as long as he stays injury-free.

That appears to be the case right now, and the Light Blues medics have done a good job. Injuries will always play a huge role in the title race, and the less of it, the better for the Bears.

Postecoglou would be sweating over the fitness of Furuhashi, and maybe Celtic physios need to learn a thing or two from their Rangers counterparts.

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