Keith Jackson and colleague share verdict on Rangers star Ryan Kent form compared to Celtic star Jota
Celtic star Jota is “streets ahead” of Rangers ace Ryan Kent according to Daily Record journalist Michael Gannon, and Keith Jackson agrees.
The former Liverpool winger has struggled with his form this season as Rangers go through a wild run of form, suffering consecutive 4-0 defeats to Celtic and Rangers before a 3-0 loss to Napoli too.
With Celtic top of the league and earning praise for their performance in defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League, Kenny Miller called for more from Kent who he says was on a par with Jota but the two Daily Record journalists were quick to disagree [19 September].
“Not on current form,” Gannon said. “Jota js streets ahead at the minute and Liel Abada’s end product also nudges him ahead of the Rangers winger.
“Kent is quality but needs to produce it on a consistent and effective basis.”
Jackson agreed with Miller’s comments on Kent and Jota being of a similar level, but criticised the 25-year-old’s productivity and questioned Rangers’ transfer business in not bringing him in any help.
“In terms of ability, yes. Kent has got the lot,” Jackson said.
“But Miller is right to question the winger’s productivity. Perhaps there wouldn’t be such a heavy onus on him if Rangers had recruited someone to do the same job on the other side of the pitch.”
Kent has arguably been Rangers’ most important player since arriving at the club and making that left wing position his own, but this season has been underwhelming.
His electric pace still makes him very dangerous, but his lack of goals is still a problem and it seems as though a lot of defences have figured him out at this point.
He’s struggled to overcome those problems and with small niggling injuries too it’s not been a good season, but to say that he’s not as good as Jota is unbelievably naive considering what he’s been able to do during his time in Scotland.
At his best he is still able to win games on his own at the highest level, as he showed during the Europa League run with Rangers last season as we made it to the final.
He must improve undoubtedly, but when he’s flying again soon everyone will forget this period.
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