By Saikat Mandal

4th May, 2022 | 7:40pm

Time for Ryan Kent to dazzle for Rangers v RB Leipzig

Rangers will face RB Leipzig in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday at Ibrox.

The Gers are trailing 1-0 from the first leg, and they have a big job to overturn the deficit and progress to the next round.

The home form has been really good, while Ibrox has proved to be a fortress for them in this competition so far.

One player who is expected to play a key role in this game is Ryan Kent. The Gers winger is certain to start, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will hope that he will produce a stellar performance for his side.

Kent was flat against Celtic in the 1-1 draw, where he missed a golden opportunity to put his side ahead.

Tom English wasn’t impressed with him, saying the former Liverpool player “flatters to deceive”.

“I thought Rangers started very well but Ryan Kent has got to score with that tremendous chance,” wrote English for the BBC Sports website

“It’s one of my problems with Kent, he flatters to deceive, he’s got three goals this season – it’s nowhere near good enough.”

This is a serious accusation against a player who loves to dribble and try to influence the game with magical movements and creativity.

He is very good at that. We all know. But English has a point here. Is he really making big contributions to the side?

Kevin Thompson, however, believes that Kent can be a lethal weapon.

“He has so many great attributes — he is strong, great in the air, has terrific skill and an eye for goal,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“Of course, he has had the odd quiet game, which is understandable, but overall he has been pretty relentless.”

There lies the problem. Kent can be terrific when he is on song but he needs to contribute more with goals and assists – the end product is seriously lacking from his game.

He is an asset to the club. It’s time for him to shine on a big platform like this and silence his critics.

The stage is perfectly set for him to produce a virtuoso performance and show that the club was right to spend big money on him.

In other Rangers news, a decision appears to have been made on the future of a star player at Ibrox.