Ryan Kent was frustrating v Livingston

Glasgow giants Rangers maintained their lead at the top of the Premiership with a 3-1 win over Livingston away from home on Sunday.

The Gers claimed the three points thanks to goals from Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo and Fashion Sakala, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst winning his first league match in charge of the club.

He has now won both of his opening games in Scotland after beating Sparta Prague 2-0 at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday.


However, there were some worrying signs for the Dutchman as a couple of defensive lapses forced Allan McGregor into some top-class saves to keep them in front. Another concern was the performance of Ryan Kent out wide on the left.

Was Kent disappointing?




We published an article after the win over Sparta pointing out that the winger let Van Bronckhorst down with his disappointing display. The 46-year-old put his faith in the ex-Liverpool ace again, though, and there was no discernible improvement.

Kent put in another frustrating display which will surely leave his manager livid. As per SofaScore, he lost a whopping 11 of his 16 duels (68.75%) and failed to make a single tackle, whilst also being dribbled past once. This shows that he was a lightweight for the Gers as he was unable to stand up to the physical challenge in the game, often losing his 50/50 battles.

On the ball, he was inconsistent and lacking in quality final product. He kept picking the ball up on the left side in space, but only completed two of his six attempted crosses and did not manage a single shot on target before being substituted in the 73rd minute. Kent ended the clash without a goal or assist, much like he did in the Europa League earlier this week.

Therefore, Van Bronckhorst will surely be disappointed with the £12.6m-rated gem, who failed to repay the faith shown in him by the head coach after selecting him again following his dismal showing against Sparta. However, it is worth saying that Kent has recently returned from an injury and it may take time for him to find his best form.

It will now be interesting to see whether the 46-year-old sticks by him for a third consecutive match against Hibernian in midweek or if he decides to take the winger out of the spotlight for a bit.

AND in other news, Forget Tavernier: Rangers bulldozer with four key passes was the real star of the show…

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