Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes that Ryan Kent’s ‘aggressive’ quality, separates him from other wingers and could help him reach the top of his game, according to the Daily Record.

The winger has been in impressive form this term. He has managed 13 attacking-returns from 20 games in all competitions this campaign. Ten of which have come in the league (five goals and five assists).

He joined permanently last season, after marvelling on an initial loan spell during the 2018-19 season. Since arriving at the Ibrox, he has been involved in 20 goals and 20 assists in 96 games for the Gers.

The side are 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and sit top of their Europa League group on seven points. They can guarantee their place in the knockout stages with a victory over Benfica tonight.

‘Imperative that we keep him’

Speaking ahead of the crucial encounter with the Lisbon outfit, Gerrard mentioned how Kent’s so-called ‘aggressive’ quality separates him from other players in his position.

 

He also implied that it was ‘imperative’ to keep Kent at the club for as long as possible, to enhance their chances of success.

“Hes aggressive as a winger, which is rare. I’m a huge fan of Ryan Kent. He can go again, for sure, and it’s imperative that we keep him at this football club if we stay true to what we all want, which is success.”

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Rangers Ryan Kent in action during the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton at Ibrox Stadium on November 08, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ryan Kent in the Europa League

Kent contributed to three goals in the tournament proper last season, with one goal and two assists. However, he is yet to break his duct in this term’s competition.

Yet, he does have one goal and two assists in the qualification phase. The 24-year-old will be looking to achieve the feat against the Portuguese giants, having impressing in the reverse fixture.

Gerrard also suggested that the Englishman has nothing standing in his way from excelling to new heights.

“[He can be] as good as he wants. Ryan has all the tools and the ability and talent to go on improving and get to a different level, without a doubt.”

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