Hutton Exclusive: Gerrard will hold talks with Rangers star over pre-season conduct
Alan Hutton believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will hold talks with Ryan Kent after the winger was sent off in the friendly versus Olympique Lyonnais.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender claims the manager will appreciate the 23-year-old’s competitive streak but that he will want to rein him in after a couple of incidents.
Kent saw red for a petulant slap in last Thursday’s win over Lyon, although he was able to play against OGC Nice a couple of days later.
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Having seen the winger lash out in the past, Hutton believes Gerrard will take his star man to one side and hold frank discussions about his behaviour moving forward.
“He’s had previous for it, he’s obviously got this little hot streak in him which is fine because some players thrive off that, they play better,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He just needs to hold back a little bit – in a friendly, yes, you can get away with it and he could have got banned but he got away with it but you can’t be doing that during the season.
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“He’s such an important player for Rangers, his skill for one of the goals from the short corner I thought was brilliant – that was the first Ryan Kent we saw, that’s the one we want this season.
“I think Gerrard had the exact same, it’s more of a winning mentality, you hate getting beat or someone getting the best of you. You don’t want to take that out of somebody’s game because they become a different player but you also have to realise there’s a line and you can’t cross it.
“If you cross it, you’re harming the club, yourself, the rest of the players – it’s too much. Yes, play on the edge but don’t have that stupidity in you – remember against Celtic the Scott Brown incident? You can’t be like that. I think Gerrard will probably have a conversation with him about this.”
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