Let alone the fact that it is the Old Firm derby on Sunday, defeat is not an option for Rangers. A loss for Steven Gerrard’s side can effectively mean them waving goodbye to any chance of winning the Scottish Premiership as Celtic will just extend their comfortable lead even further.
When you consider it’s his first season in charge as a manager, Gerrard has done relatively well as a rookie and a number of men have been key to helping the team achieve what they have already, and has made his stance regarding one of them pretty clear.
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Ryan Kent is expected to head back to Liverpool at the end of the season following his temporary spell at Ibrox, however, Gerrard is desperate to keep him across the border.
Speaking in his weekly press conference (via the club’s official YouTube channel), he said: “In terms of the future and moving forward, that decision is out of my hands. Liverpool know we want him here, the players know we want him here, his representation know we want him here. But in terms of the decision, it’s not down to me – I wish it was!”
Kent has been seriously impressive for Rangers this season and has not looked out of place in the first-team at Ibrox, despite an awful couple of loan spells at Freiburg and Bristol City in the past.
The 22-year-old has been involved in 14 goals for the Light Blues so far and has been a real thorn in a number of defences across the Scottish Premiership, with his ability to drive forward and create a number of opportunities.
The winger’s potential is there for all to see, however, Rangers may have only seen a glimpse of it and with time, he could fully unleash what he has to offer, especially if he continues to play first-team football.
It is likely that anything regarding Kent’s future will not be sorted out until the summer, so the best thing anyone at Rangers can hope for is that he comes up with the goods against Celtic on Sunday and they replicate their victory against the Hoops back at the end of December.
Rangers fans, do you think you will be able to keep Kent at the club beyond the end of the season? Should the club do everything within their power to ensure it happens? Join in with the discussion by sharing your thoughts below.
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