Ryan Kent has risen to the challenge since being dropped from the Rangers starting XI against Royal Antwerp, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has cast doubts over Steven Gerrard’s claim the 24-year-old had suffered a minor injury problem last month.
Kent was named on the bench for the first leg against Antwerp, with Gerrard stating the winger had a slight issue he was “protecting”.
The 24-year-old came on to score a sublime goal in the 4-3 win.
He has since scored in both the second leg and against Dundee United.
Hutton has questioned just how injured Kent was against Antwerp and suggested the winger looked like he had a point to prove in recent weeks.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong, Gerrard will be looking for him to hit form every time he’s out on the pitch,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Unfortunately that’s not how it works, especially for the wide players who can float in and out.
“I think it was good that he got the rest. There was the talk of him having a slight knock in the first leg.
“When he came on, he looked like he had a point to prove to me, more than an injury. He really changed the game and he’s upped it in the last couple of weeks.
“It’s there for all to see – he looks motivated, energetic, he’s involved in goals and assists. That’s what he’s going to be looked at come the end of the season, what were his stats? I think he’s trying to improve that.
“He’s another player hitting form at the right time, the back end of the season. We know the league’s almost wrapped up.
“If they can do that as soon as possible, Gerrard will switch to the Europa. That’ll obviously be his main focus because Rangers can do damage, I think, within that competition.”