Steven Gerrard says Rangers didn’t sign Ryan Kent because of Celtic

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard brought Ryan Kent to Ibrox from Liverpool a day after the defeat to Neil Lennon’s Celtic.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told The Scottish Sun that the signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool was not a direct response to the club’s defeat to Celtic at Ibrox.

Kent joined Rangers from Premier League club Liverpool on transfer deadline day for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £7.5 million.

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The 22-year-old winger spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at the Gers from the Reds and was one of the best players in the team.

The signing of the former England Under-20 international came a day after Rangers lost 2-0 to Celtic at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby.

Rangers manager Gerrard has made it clear that securing the services of Kent from Liverpool was not down to the defeat to the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard told The Scottish Sun about the signing of Kent: “The Celtic defeat had nothing to do with it. We’d been trying to get Ryan Kent back from the moment he walked out the door.

“It wasn’t a reaction to losing. We had a board meeting the day before the Old Firm game.

“Thankfully we got it done just in time but there were times through the transfer window when I didn’t think we’d get him.”

Good signing for Rangers

Rangers do have a number of wingers already on their books, but Kent does add more potency to their attack and adds more depth to the squad.

The winger did turn up in the big games for Rangers last season, and the Ibrox club are a better team with him in it.

Ryan Kent of Rangers and Jeremy Toljan of Celtic challenge for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

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