By Beck Pascal

22nd Apr, 2022 | 7:30pm

Peter Gulacsi warns teammates over 'amazing' Rangers ace Ryan Kent

Peter Gulacsi has sent his RB Leipzig teammates a stark warning regarding Rangers ace Ryan Kent ahead of Thursday’s [April 28] Europa League clash in Germany.

Once Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team face Motherwell on Saturday [April 23] afternoon, all attention will turn to their semi-final first-leg clash against the Bundesliga outfit. 

Ahead of the clash, the Hungarian shot-stopper has branded Kent an “important” player that the Germans need to stop having spent some time with the “amazing” winger at Liverpool.

Gulacsi told The Herald: “Ryan Kent was at Liverpool and so was I, although I didn’t play with him. He came into the reserves after I left although he was at the club when I was there.

“But of course, I know all about him because even though it’s been a few years since I left Liverpool, I still follow them very closely  – and I have watched Ryan’s career.

“I think he made a good move to go to Scotland and it’s amazing what he’s done because he is one of Rangers’ most important players.

“We know he is one of the players we have to stop.

“But Rangers are full of really good players. It’s not just Ryan Kent we have to watch, they have a lot of quality through the team. But I would point out that we have some very good players too.

“We have watched Rangers’ games against Borussia Dortmund and Ryan was very important for them in those games and we watched the matches against Braga in the quarter-finals also.”

Step up.

With attacking duo Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, as well as Aaron Ramsey all sidelined for the first leg, it is imperative that Kent has a good game. 

If it wasn’t bad enough losing the Columbian for the rest of the season, his replacement has now suffered an injury leaving third-choice striker Fashion Sakala carrying the goal burden for the Light Blues.

Van Bronckhorst’s attacking options are as bad as they have been all season. That is no disrespect to the players who are available but more to emphasise the importance of the several key men who are missing. 

The former Liverpool winger has bagged 19 goal involvements in all competitions this season whilst seemingly saving his best displays for the Europa League and hopefully, he can do it again. 

You never know with the Bears after their shock results so far in the competition but the Red Bull Arena clash is most likely all about staying in the tie for Rangers. 

If they can bring a decent result back to Ibrox, you would back the Gers to make it to the final but surviving the first leg is crucial.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst has called for Sakala to step up amid the Gers’ injury crisis.