By Joe Ellis

11th May, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers star Ryan Kent says 'nothing will come close' to scoring in the Old Firm

Ryan Kent has scored some very big goals during his time at Rangers but perhaps none bigger than any he’s bagged against Celtic.

In 16 appearances in the Old Firm derby, the Englishman has only scored twice which won’t be as many as he would have hoped for and none have come since the 2019-20 season.

Despite that, the 25-year-old says that there is nothing in football that could come close to scoring in the big derby against the Gers’ Glasgow rivals.

“Before I came up here I knew about Rangers and Celtic and I knew how big the rivalry was but you don’t truly realise until you get up here how big it is,” Kent said on Willy G Tattoo’s YouTube channel.

“He added: “Week-in, week-out you’ve got to perform to the best of your ability.

“You’ve got to have belief in yourself to perform week-in, week-out, to get yourself up and say right you’ve got to go again.

“Especially for us. With playing in Europe, sometimes you’re playing three times a week and I’ve scored goals before but nothing will come close to scoring in an Old Firm.”

Big game player

While Kent has only scored twice against the Hoops in 16 attempts, he has still proven his ability to turn up for the biggest games in Europe with some match-winning performances on the continent.

Most notably perhaps against Braga a couple of years ago when he turned into a mini Lionel Messi and waltzed through the Portuguese side’s defence on numerous occasions.

But if he really wants to cement himself as an icon at Ibrox, he has two more steps he needs to take and one can be done very soon.

In just one week’s time (Wednesday 18 May) Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will walkout at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville for the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

If Kent can turn up on Spanish soil and produce a man of the match display, then he will almost certainly go into the Ibrox hall of fame but he has to start producing more against the old enemy too.

In other Rangers news, Andy Goram has loved the run to the final, calling it the “best medicine” for his shock cancer diagnosis.