Journalist Fraser Fletcher criticised the performance of Ryan Kent as Glasgow Rangers lost 7-1 at Ibrox in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Lowdown: Humiliation
It turned out what promised to be another memorable night at Ibrox in Europe to a humiliating one for the hosts, shipping no fewer than six goals in the second half to lose 7-1 overall against Premier League Liverpool.
Scott Arfield had got Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side off to a dream start with his opening strike, but seven goals for the visitors followed, including a quick-fire hat-trick from Mo Salah.
The Latest: Kent criticised
Taking to Twitter, Fletcher was heavily critical of Kent’s performance, suggesting that he has ‘packed it in’ for the Gers, and even going as far as to claim that his body language was ‘horrendous’:
“Has Ryan Kent completely packed it in for Rangers? Complete lack of want and desire, horrendous body language that suggests he isn’t that fussed as well. Running down his contract? Knows he has a move in January?”
The Verdict: Head elsewhere
Judging by this latest performance, Kent’s head seems to be elsewhere.
His current deal is set to expire in the summer, and he has reportedly rejected a ‘big-money’ offer from the club to stay.
On Wednesday night, the winger lost three of his four individual duels, and recorded no shots on target, successful dribbles, key passes or crosses in the game (SofaScore).
Kent only had a mere 22 touches of the ball in total, the second fewest of any starter in the Light Blues squad, emphasising how little of an impact he had on the match, and suggests that he was not fully committed to trying to get his team a result.
Nonetheless, if the Englishman continues to show the same kind of attitude on the pitch, it may be best for the Teddy Bears to move him on for a suitable fee in the January transfer window.
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