NEW signing Ryan Kent will be available for Rangers in Croatia tomorrow night, and manager Steven Gerrard reckons he is up to the task physically.
Kent is yet to play any minutes for Gers having only joined the club on Sunday, but Gerrard, who also discussed the strengths the on-loan Liverpool man brings to his side, has been impressed so far with how he has fitted-in at Ibrox.
Speaking at the press conference this evening at the Stadion Gradski ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with Osijek, Gerrard explained: “He is an attacking player who can play on either side, and he can also play as a number 10. He is quick, he is aggressive in possession in terms of one v ones, and he is an exciting player to watch.
“We are hoping he can help us in terms of creativity in the final third. He is two or three days in, so it will take him a while to settle in and get used to his teammates and his surroundings, but in terms of fitness and where he is at, he is in a good place.
“He has had two or three weeks with Jurgen Klopp, and he is not shy in pushing the players physically as we all know.
“So he is in a good place and he has trained well in the last few days, and I am looking forward to seeing what he can contribute to Rangers.”
One man who won’t feature in Croatia tomorrow night is Umar Sadiq, with the Nigerian still gaining his fitness having arrived from Roma on-loan a few weeks back.
Gerrard continued: “He is probably a couple of weeks away in terms of being ready for real game time. You may see him at the weekend for a certain part of the Wigan game, but we felt it was best for him to stay behind and be pushed by the physical trainers.
“We have to make sure when the supporters see these players, they are ready to perform at a high level fitness-wise. I think it would be doing them a disservice if we put them in when they are not really ready.”