By Wayne Veysey
Rangers have given Ryan Kent a special training and fitness programme to get up to speed following the completion of his blockbuster protracted transfer, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 22, joined the Glasgow giants from Liverpool last week for a fee rising to £7.5million to become the second most expensive signing in their history.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider how Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff are concerned about Kent’s match fitness after an absence of competitive football for nearly four months.
The club’s fitness team have put together a tailor-made programme for Kent in a bid to get him tuned up and build up his fitness ahead of the return of the domestic programme on Saturday, when Rangers host Livingston at Ibrox.
The versatile forward’s game is based upon his explosive speed, dynamic movements and ability to carry the ball forward long distances.
Kent’s last senior match was the 2-1 Scottish Premiership defeat to Kilmarnock on the final day of last season.
He played a full part in pre-season for Liverpool and went on their tour of the United States but was not involved in the senior squad once the campaign got underway last month.
The Anfield academy product started the Under-23s’ 4-0 hammering by Tottenham on 10 August, and then sat out the team’s subsequent three fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City.
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