Rangers are concerned by Ryan Kent’s lack of match fitness. U20 England international spent last campaign on loan north of the border from Liverpool and impressed. A permanent deal had initially looked unlikely as the two sides argued over a fee.
But a transfer was eventually rubber-stamped for £7.5m, only a few hours after Gers’ disappointing 2-0 loss to Celtic at Ibrox. Amid the hype surrounding his arrival, all is reportedly not good behind the scenes. His lack of match fitness has concerned Scottish giants’ staff.
It’s suggested he’s been put on a specialist programme as the fitness team look to get him up to speed. Ryan’s last competitive game was against Kilmarnock on the final day of the recent campaign. Celtic hero Chris Sutton criticised Gers’ swoop for Kent.
The outspoken former player turned pundit reckons the Ibrox faithful are ‘hysterical’ if they think the 22-year-old attacker will be a game-changer. “If Rangers signing the forward from Liverpool wasn’t down to sheer panic in the wake of the defeat to Celtic last weekend, then I don’t know what is,” he said.
“Ryan is an excellent footballer. I even suggested at the end of the last campaign that Celtic should try to get him to boost the squad. “But it looks that, in the eyes of the Rangers supporters, Kent’s signing is a game-changer.“The last-ditch transfer window strike which is going to tilt the title odds back in their favour.
“I’ve no axe to grind with Ryan. He’s got talent and did well in the matches against Celtic last campaign when he was on loan.