Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has given his backing to ‘phenomenal’ Ibrox star Ryan Kent after his recent poor performances, insisting it is ‘very rare’ that Kent’s performances drop below what is expected of him.

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Kent was hooked at the break last night as Rangers ground out a 1-0 win over Armenians Alashkert in the Europa League playoff, with Gerrard wanting his teammates to support him to get back to his best quickly.

After replacing him with Scott Wright at half-time last night, Gerrard admits it is clear Kent isn’t at his best yet but praised the £7million man’s overall contribution during his time as a Rangers player.

“I think it is clear he is not at his best level right now,” Gerrard said.

“But, as his manager and as a staff, we will give him the support he needs to try and get him back in the best place as quick as we can.

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“Ryan has been absolutely phenomenal for me and the club since he has walked through the door.

“It is very rare to see him when he is not in top form. But this is it, he is human, it happens.

“I had more dips in form than anyone out there, so I understand that.

“He needs myself, the staff and his teammates to get round him and it will only take that one moment of brilliance or one big performance and he will be back in the place we need him.”

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It will be interesting to see whether Gerrard opts to leave Kent on the bench this weekend when Rangers head to Dingwall to face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Ever since signing for Rangers, Kent has been a near-constant starter but it is clear his form is way below what is expected from him.

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