Rangers wide-man Ryan Kent could do with a spell on the sidelines after a tough run of form.
That is the view of Rangers writer Derek Clark, who was talking on the Rangers Review YouTube channel ahead of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side’s Champions League fixture against Napoli.
It has been a difficult few games for Rangers, with the Glasgow giants beaten 4-0 twice within a few days at the hands of fierce rivals Celtic and Eredivisie giants Ajax.
The heavy defeat at the hands of Ange Postecoglou’s side leaves the Ibrox club second in the Premiership table, trailing their Glasgow rivals by five points after just six games of the campaign.
And Clark believes that after multiple disappointing showings, it’s time for Van Bronckhorst to give Kent a rest ahead of the next few fixtures.
He said: “I think it’s time for a spell on the sidelines.
“We both had him out of the team in our predicted lineups for the Ajax game he was played.
“But again, another disappointing performance from him.
“I don’t know what it is with Ryan Kent just now, whether it’s a mental issue or fatigue and physical-wise, but it looks like he just needs to recharge the batteries.”
TIF Thoughts on Clark’s comments…
We believe that following an indifferent run of form, now would be the time to take Kent out of the limelight and give the former England U20 international a rest ahead of the next run of games for the club.
The 25-year-old has made eight appearances for the Gers this season and has provided just three assists from out wide, potentially showing a slowdown in form over the course of the current campaign given the fact he flourished in that department last term.
However, an average SofaScore rating of 7.15 for his Premiership performances so far this season may suggest that he has actually performed to a decent standard domestically.
Despite this, we agree that now might be the time for Van Bronckhorst to give Kent a rest and perhaps give him an extra week or so to recharge his batteries ahead of October’s busy schedule after the international break.