RYAN KENT says he can’t wait to get going as he looks ahead to Saturday’s Scottish Premiership game at home to Livingston.
Speaking to the press this afternoon the 22-year-old said he felt at home for the first time in his career when he joined the Gers on loan from Liverpool last season and after signing a permanent contract with the club last week, he can’t wait to get started.
He said: “It’s a good feeling to be back, it has been something that has been in the pipeline since the beginning of the transfer window.
“It has been quite long and it has been quite overwhelming with the support I have had from the Rangers fans but I am just delighted to be back.
“There were probably some slight concerns along the way when I thought this might not happen and I might have to plan for something else but I always had a feeling that it might go to the last day of the window and that’s what happened.”
Kent believes the combination of a number of factors at Rangers help get the best out of him as a player.
He explained: “The manager believes in me and the coaching staff. Mick Beale had me as a kid at Liverpool and he got the best out of me and I really started to flourish as a young kid coming through and obviously the fans get the best out of you so just everything as a collective at this football club I think gets the best out of me and my football.
“I’m in a very privileged position in life to be playing football which is many kids dream and I think it’s naïve to not enjoy that position.
“I am fortunate for that and for once in my life to be feeling at home somewhere and to actually be enjoying my football, I want that feeling for the rest of my career and I felt that for the first time when I came here.
“I had to stay mentally strong, when you are told you can do one thing and then you are lied to and it doesn’t happen that is quite hard to take.
“I just had to keep myself fit and train on my own and make sure I keep my fitness levels up and I was waiting for a moment like this to arrive.
“There’s no bitter taste, the thing that I wanted happened at the end so I am just happy with that.
“I would have liked to have been here from the start it is quite difficult watching it on the TV wishing I was part of some of the games but like I said I am delighted to be back and I can’t wait to get going.
“I think I have mentioned before that I enjoy playing under pressure I think it gets the best out of me and I think you saw that in the big games last year so it is up to me to step up and deliver.
“I think I have just got to go and deliver again and more. I have ambitions as a footballer to get to the highest level and that is what I want to do so I know the expectation of me as a footballer and I know what I need to go and do.
“ I initially wouldn’t of come here if I didn’t think this club was expecting to go and do big things and I think this year is what we can get out of it what we want to.
“It was tough to watch the Old Firm, I would’ve loved to have been a part of it but I know I have got three more of them now and a lot of other big games as well this season.
“I just can’t wait to get going and hopefully excite a lot of football fans this season and hopefully achieve some silverware.