STEVEN GERRARD has praised Ryan Kent after he scored and was named man of the match against St Mirren.

The on loan Liverpool playmaker netted his fifth goal of the season yesterday with his excellent dinked finish in the 81st minute making it 4-0 after well-taken penalties from James Tavernier (two) and Jermaine Defoe.

On Kent’s performance, Gerrard, speaking post match to RangersTV, said: “He’s been excellent for us. He’s in good form, he’s happy but I’m going to keep pushing him because I want him to be hungrier to score more goals and I want him to keep being hungry to improve his numbers.

Today he could have got two goals, maybe three, so it was a good performance and I think he’s got man of the match, but for me it’s my job to push him and that’s what I’ll do.”

The manager admitted post-match that he was frustrated with his side’s overall display against the Buddies but he knows it is a positive when his team are winning 4-0 and they are not at their very best.

He continued: “I think it’s always a good sign when you don’t play well and you are not at your maximum and you are still winning games at home 4-0, you are winning them comfortably and you are still creating a lot of chances.

“Their keeper made a couple of top saves today and I was really pleased with the goal Ryan scored.

“I thought the timing of the pass from Jermain was excellent, so there were some positives to take from the game – the clean sheet and scoring four goals and we could have scored more. But we’ll have to find a better level of performance in the next two games for sure.”

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