Alfredo Morelo’s two-goal assignment secured a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League for Rangers on Thursday at Ibrox.
The Glasgow giants beat Sparta Prague 2-0 to secure a final 32nd place, finish second behind Ligue 1 team Lyon, with one match left to play in the group.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in the Ibrox dugout for the first time and enjoyed an impressive victory when the Rangers made a fantastic team performance.
One player who let him down in the match, however, was winger Ryan Kent, as the former Liverpool man failed to meet his own high demands when he fought outside.
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The 25-year-old had to get into this match one goal and an assist in three games since he came back from injury. This included an impressive assist against Brøndby, as he burst through the line before making a pass for Ianis Hagi to rattle in an equalizer.
Earlier this year, Nigeria national team player and Gers teammate Leon Balogun, who was absent from Sparta, acknowledged that Kent causes “real problems” when he trains with his ability on the ball. proverb: “The one who causes me real problems in training from time to time is Ryan Kent. He’s a wing wizard, my God, he’s a problem.
“It was a goal, I think against Hamilton where he just turns the defender in and out, drops the shoulder, drops it again, and the guy does not know where he is, so we have some of them.”
Kent’s latest statistics and these quotes from Balogun highlight the quality of the player that Van Bronckhorst has at his disposal, but the winger could not show his best form against Sparta.
According to SofaScore, I have lost about 64% of his duels on the field, lost seven of his 11 fights on the ground and not competed in a single air battle. He did not make a single tackle, clearance, block or interception in the match, while he also dribbled past twice.
He showed lightning quality on the ball but was ultimately disappointed. According to SofaScore, he failed in three of his five attempts to dribble and missed a “great chance” to find the net mesh, while losing the ball possession 13 times in 81 minutes. However, he created two chances for his teammates and won two fouls.
All in all, I have let Van Bronckhorst down badly. Kent did not build on his latest good form and the Dutchman will surely have expected more from the forward on Thursday night, with a disappointing display from the 25-year-old. Hopefully he will be able to bounce back with a strong display against Livingston this weekend.