Ally McCoist wowed by Ryan Kent in first half of Rangers clash with Celtic, Andy Walker less so
Ally McCoist was amazed by Ryan Kent’s movement in the build up to a “mighty chance” to score an early goal for Rangers at Celtic.
Tony Ralston was caught completely unaware by the Light Blues forward who bamboozled the Hoops fullback to get on the end of a James Tavernier cross, which he steered narrowly wide inside the opening 15 minutes.
The Englishman looked sharp from the off and probably should have given his side the lead in a move that had Andy Walker comparing it to the third goal Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side conceded in the last Parkhead Old Firm, but the home side got away with it on this occasion.
On the Sky Sports match coverage (Sunday 1 May, 12.15pm), main commentator Ian Crocker called it: “One mighty chance for Rangers to take the lead”
Ally McCoist was wowed by the Gers wide man’s involvement, saying: “Ralston switches off. It’s great movement from Kent, he comes right across and then he goes. The movement’s absolutely spot on, brilliant movement. Probably should do better once he gets there.”
Walker then added: “It reminded me of [Borna] Barisic and [Liel] Abada, the 3-0 game… it’s a big chance, he should score.”
Whatever is left of the season in any other competition, while the door is still not completely closed on the title this Gers side have to go for it.
Regardless of the title even it is an Old Firm derby and to go into Parkhead without a belief they can win would be unacceptable.
Van Bronckhorst fielded a mostly full-strength line-up and the players went at their Glasgow rivals from the off.
Unfortunately some key moments involving Kent and Barisic didn’t go the visitors’ way and it was the league-leaders who scored first.
Kent did well to fashion himself a threatening looking break down the left early on but his teammate ran into his path and the chance was lost.
The winger then missed this chance, and the Bhoys ended up punishing them when Barisic himself reenacted the defending that Walker had cited, letting Jota in front of him to score in a painful reminder of the last visit to Parkhead.
In other Rangers news, Kenny Dalglish predicted the score of this game while posing a significant dilemma for Gers.