When Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard decided to raid his ex- Liverpool team for two young and talented players, he chose to bring midfield player Ovie Ejaria and winger Ryan Kent.

The Gers boss knew they had the potential to succeed at Ibrox and his old club kindly gave him permission to take them on season-long deals.

Jürgen Klopp can rely on Rangers boss Gerrard to look after the youngsters and give them important first-team gametime and excellent coaching and training facilities.

Rangers boss Gerrard is pleased with the progress they are making, but knows there is more to come, once they are completely at home in Glasgow.

The Gers manager felt the England youth internationalists produced their most complete performances yet during Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win over Russian outfit Ufa.

“They are both young lads coming away from their families to live alone and have joined a huge club with big expectations and big pressures,” the Liverpool Echo quote the Rangers boss as saying.

“But they’ve settled quickly. I’m absolutely delighted for them and for Rangers.”

Thursday night’s game was by far Ejaria’s best performance for the full 90 minutes in a Rangers jersey.

It’s the first time I’ve seen him control a tie, and against a first-rate Russian team. He completely ran the show for Rangers and was involved in all the best moves.

Ejaria competed well in midfield and continued to retain possession. He pressed the opposition to regain the ball, the skills that please bosses.

Ejaria’s last two Rangers performances are going a long way to convincing Gerrard that it will be very difficult to leave him out of the side.

Kent is also improving through playing frequently in the Gers first team. He works hard to win the ball and is fulfilling his defensive duties and immediately sets up the next attack.

Tactically the Rangers wideman is intelligent and also gives a positive threat with pace and skill down the left-hand side.

Gerrard is expecting a bone-crunching clash with Motherwell this Sunday. The Lanarkshire steelmen always get stuck in, so Rangers will have to show pure grit and brawn, in this bruising encounter.


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