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Ryan Kent is under too much pressure at Rangers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Ryan Kent of Rangers are seen at full time during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Ibrox Stadium on October 4,...

Ryan Kent is under pressure at Rangers, and it may not be easy for him at Ibrox.

Ryan Kent of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers FC at La Ceramica Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain.

Rangers clinched the signing of Ryan Kent this week from Liverpool, following up his successful loan spell at Ibrox last season.

Kent is a very good addition to Rangers, but some of the praise, hype and expectation just sits a bit uncomfortably.

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Rangers lost 2-0 to Celtic at the weekend, and they certainly missed the thrust Kent provided in the Old Firm game back in March.

But the Gers lost that one too, and expecting Kent to single handedly turn Rangers' fortunes around is too much.

 

Don't get us wrong, it was a signing Rangers had to make. It was a statement of their desire to be the best they can be, and it has lifted supporters.

Some of the hyperbole surrounding the winger is out of control.

Ex-Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty was most guilty, telling Daily Record that Kent could be as good as Eden Hazard if not better.

Ryan Kent #40 of Liverpool handles the ball in the second half against Sevilla during a pre-season friendly at Fenway Park on July 21, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

It's important to remember that if Liverpool believed that, they would not have sold him. Hazard has 121 career goals, while Kent has just 10.

Lafferty's comments highlight the little bit of revisionism about Kent's season at Rangers last year.

It was blessed with some highlights, but it was not consistent enough.

Kent scored only six goals in 43 appearances, and Rangers fell short in their title challenge.

Rangers aim to be better this year, and added competition for places could help or hinder Kent.

Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones as well as a renewed push from Serge Atakayi means Rangers have options out wide.

If Kent cannot find form early, he could be dropped, and considering his price tag, this will bring with it some negative attention. Can he handle that?

Kent's signing is a positive for Rangers, but supporters should calm expectations and see him merely as part of the jigsaw, rather than the missing piece which completes their side.

15th September 2018, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Dundee; Ryan Kent of Rangers celebrates after scoring for 1-0

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