STEVEN GERRARD praised Ryan Kent after the in-form winger was named man of the match following today’s 3-1 win over Hearts at Ibrox.
The on-loan Liverpool playmaker was again a standout performer for the Light Blues and he got his side off to the best possible start against the Jambos when he scored after just two minutes of play.
Gerrard was delighted to praise the Oldham-born 21-year-old when he was interviewed for RangersTV after the final whistle.
On Kent, the manager said: “He’s very happy, he’s settled in really well and he’s coming out of his shell even more because he’s a quiet kid. But his performances have been really good and they’ve got stronger as we’ve gone on. The last two have been right up there in the top drawer.
He deserved man of the match today, he deserved his goal and I’m pleased for him, but we have to credit Rangers for giving Ryan the opportunity and also thank Liverpool for letting us use him, because at the moment it’s working for both of us.”
The manager was also delighted with striker Alfredo Morelos’ contribution, with the Colombian hitting his side’s second goal against Hearts to take his tally for the season to eleven.
Gerrard added: “If we give Alfredo service we know he is going to get goals.
“He’s proved it in this league before, he’s in terrific shape, he’s working hard, he’s happy and he’s sharp.
“The key for us as a team is can we start adding other people to that list? Can we get Kent’s numbers up? Can we get Arfield’s numbers up? That’s the challenge.
Come the end of the season if we have different people chipping in and that’s when we know we are a team.”
Gerrard named the same starting eleven that lined up against Rapid Vienna on Thursday for today’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against the Jambos and the manager believes that continuity was important.
He said: “I wanted continuity and I wanted rhythm, so I thought the easiest thing to do was to play the same team.
“No one deserved to come out, they all told me they were fine and the energy levels were fine. I trusted them and they went out and performed again.
“I would have liked us at 3-0 to maybe push and try and get a fourth so I could make subs a little bit earlier. Ovie had a tiny little bit of tightness but it’s not a big problem so I wanted to give him a breather.
“But in the main it was a very positive day. If we are being ultra-critical we just got a little bit sloppy towards the end.”