McAvennie slams 'mistake' as Kent set to miss 'weeks' after Rangers update
Frank McAvennie insists Ryan Kent should have been dropped to the Rangers bench if he had an issue with his hamstring.
The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted after Kent picked up a knock against Lyon on Thursday.
Speaking in Friday’s press conference, Steven Gerrard revealed Kent will have a scan today but could face “a few weeks” on the sidelines.
Kent has received criticism for his performances this season despite picking up four assists in eight outings.
The attacker has failed to find the back of the net this term and didn’t turn up as Rangers crashed out of the Europa League.
McAvennie claims Gerrard should have been more careful with Kent as he has suffered hamstring injuries before.
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“He’s had hamstring problems before,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Maybe he knocked it and has come back too quick. He’s had a lot of criticism this season as well.
“Maybe his hamstring has been bothering him for a while and honestly, I know how that feels.
“But if that’s the case he should be dropped. Leave him out of the team until he gets fit.
“If that is the case Stevie Gerrard won’t make that mistake again. You can’t play players for the sake of it.”
Rangers lost 2-0 to Lyon in their opening Europa League group game on Thursday.
Kent sustained his injury with 70 minutes on the clock and was replaced by Kemar Roofe.