STEVEN GERRARD was thrilled with Ryan Kent’s goal and performance against Dundee, and he felt the tricky winger was unlucky not be named Man of the Match.
The 21-year-old was a constant threat with his energy and skill against the Taysiders before he was replaced by Kyle Lafferty midway through the second half.
His first goal for Rangers in the 14th minute was also a thing of beauty, as Kent played clever one-twos with Lassany Coulibaly and Scott Arfield to get into Dundee’s 18-yard box before he curled a low finish beyond Elliott Parish.
Before full-time it was announced over the stadium’s PA system that Arfield was the Man of the Match and Gerrard felt the award could easily have gone to the on-loan Liverpool playmaker.
Speaking to RangersTV post-match, he said: “I think Scotty Arfield has robbed man of the match from him there. I thought Ryan was certainly that while he was on the pitch.
“Him and Scott were terrific today but I wanted to get him off because I’m going to need his energy and I’m going to need another performance of that level on Thursday night.
He was superb and I knew the goals would come. I knew as soon as he started relaxing in front of goal the goals would come. But he’s in a terrific place, well done.”
Gerrard was also delighted to see 18-year-old Glenn Middleton net his first senior goal for the Light Blues to make it 4-0 in the second half and for Eros Grezda to make his Rangers debut.
He added: “It’s brilliant for Glenn and that should do his confidence the world of good. He’s in a really good place and he’s knocking on the door for a start.
“He just needs to keep working hard on his game, tactically and technically, and learning where he needs to be out of possession and where he needs to collect the ball. He can’t always be out wide, he needs to mix his game up and bring variety to it. But he’s doing really well and we’re really pleased with him.
“In terms of Grezda it was some minutes in his legs. He is not ready, he’s 60 or 70 percent match fit at the moment.
“There are still two or three weeks to try and get into his legs before he is ready, but I still think you can see a little bit of quality, a little bit of sharpness, and I want an exciting team here full of pace and speed. He’ll certainly add to that.”