Did Rangers' Ryan Kent blow crucial opportunity in defeat?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:Ryan Kent of Rangers is seen at full time during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in...

Glasgow Rangers loanee Ryan Kent struggled as the Ibrox side lost for the first time this season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:Ryan Kent of Rangers is seen at full time during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in...

While there were perhaps only a couple of Rangers players to emerge from the opening Old Firm game of the season with any credit, Ryan Kent will probably come away from his first taste of the derby feeling slightly disappointed with his display at Parkhead.

Steven Gerrard suffered defeat for the first time as a manager in a game which saw Rangers struggle to ask any questions of the Scottish Premiership champions. 

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It was a big blow for the Gers, especially with the international break forcing the players to wait for their opportunity to start putting things right, and Gerrard may be tempted to make a couple of changes when the Light Blues take on Dundee in the first game back.

One particular change that may be on Gerrard's mind involves Kent. The Liverpool loanee has looked lively during the opening stages of his spell with the Gers, but he could not make an impact against Celtic, spending much of his time trying to contain the attacking runs of Kieran Tierney.

Ryan Kent of Rangers controls the ball during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kent was always going to do well to emerge from the game having put in a display that meant that Gerrard simply could not drop him for the game against the Dee next weekend, so criticising the Englishman too strongly would be unfair.

But with Eros Grezda waiting in the wings - pardon the pun - Kent arguably needed to show a lot more at both ends of the pitch if he hoped to delay the summer signing's debut for a little longer. He can surely have few complaints if he is one of the players who drops out of the team when the domestic season resumes. 

Eros Grezda of Albania in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Spain and Albania at Rico Perez Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Alicante, Spain.

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