Alan Hutton suggests that Steven Gerrard made something of a blunder by throwing Ryan Kent into the starting XI against Livingston after the winger’s injury blow.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and boyhood supporter of the Glasgow giants says that it is a “nightmare” to see the former Liverpool man ruled out for a couple of weeks after limping off last weekend.
Steven Gerrard has confirmed in his press conference that the summer signing, who dazzled at Ibrox on loan last season, would be missing for the next couple of games after suffering a hamstring problem.
🎙️ SG: Ryan Kent is now pain-free walking around, I still think it will be a couple of weeks as you need to be careful with hamstring injuries.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 18, 2019
Hutton admits that it is a bitter pill to swallow as a Rangers supporter and suggests that both player and manager were a little too desperate to get him back out and playing for the Light Blues.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a bad one, I’m kind of devastated being a Rangers fan. Him limping off after 41 minutes is a bit of a nightmare. Should he really have started the game? I’m not so sure.
“You don’t know how far behind he is in terms of fitness and game time compared to the rest of them. He’s definitely going to be the main man so keeping fit. You can always look back and say: ‘What if?’
“I presume that if Gerrard threw him in he thought he was ready. In hindsight he’s probably thinking to himself: ‘I should have left until 60 minutes, give him 30 and then build up from there.’
“If Gerrard came to Kent and said: ‘Where’s your head at, how you feeling? I’m thinking of starting you,’ he would have said: ‘Gaffer, I want to start a million per cent.’ He’s probably just got a little bit eager to get in the first-team and play.”
Kent earned himself a big-money move to Ibrox after impressing during his temporary spell last season, his performances earning him the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.
He saw Brandon Barker take his place from the bench against Livingston, the 22-year-old scoring on his second appearance for the club, while Sheyi Ojo was handed a start against Feyenoord on Thursday, the Liverpool loanee netting the winner.