Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has special plan for Ryan Kent in Celtic Premiership battle | Football | Sport
Steven Gerrard has handed Ryan Kent a distinctive fitness and training programme to get him ready for Premiership action after four months away from competitive football.
The Gers made the 22-year-old the second most expensive signing in their history and he will cost the club a fee that will rise to £7.5million
Footballer Insider have claimed that Gerrard and his team are concerned about the amount of time it could take to get their former star back up to speed, despite him being named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in May.
Rangers started the season in fine form with 10 wins and two draws from 12 games in all competitions.
However, a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic before the international break has left fans somewhat deflated.
The signing of Kent from Liverpool directly after their disappointing loss did give supporters a boost, with Gerrard keen to get him into the action as soon as possible.
Some sceptical onlookers have defined the transfer as rushed after their recent Ibrox defeat, and ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton even described the move as an act of desperation.
He told the Daily Record: “Rangers, of course, will tell you he was always the one they wanted.
That’s what clubs say. You can’t blame them. They have to dress it up.
“But if Kent was the one they were always going to get, why sign Jordan Jones? Why sign Sheyo Ojo? Why sign Jake Hastie? Why sign Greg Stewart?
“Mind you, given the fact Gerrard has been allowed to sign about 25 players since he walked in the front door of Ibrox just over a year ago, maybe it shouldn’t be that much of a shock.
“Nonetheless, it makes no sense to me.
“If that was the strategy all along, then it puzzles me. I’m more inclined to think the situation changed dramatically in the wake of the loss to Celtic last Sunday and it was a big outlay designed to appease fans who had just had their hope ripped away.
“Let me put this another way. If Rangers had thumped Celtic 3-0, do you think Kent would have been signed the following day? I might be wrong, but I don’t.
“Deals can take time to materialise. You sometimes have to wait until late in the window to make moves, but this one seemed strange.
“Of course, with one year’s experience of playing at Ibrox under his belt, there is a fair chance that Kent will improve on his figures in the coming season and Rangers will need that because Celtic damaged them.”