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Opinion: Six Rangers takeaways from Leverkusen defeat

Glasgow Rangers attacker Ryan Kent was heavily criticised for not producing one of his better performances in the 3-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League recently.

The former Liverpool man is suffering badly from a dip in confidence, which is effecting the whole team, especially Gers manager Steven Gerrard.

Fortunately Kent never hides and always wants the ball to try and make things happen.

Only a couple of weeks ago in Braga, the unpredictable Kent scored the decisive goal to earn Rangers a 4-2 aggregate win over the Portuguese side.

Kent is not the finished article yet. But he has ability and talent, if not the consistency. Let’s hope next season will be better for him and Rangers.

Alfredo Morelos hasn’t scored in his last 12 Rangers games. But after netting 29 goals this season, he should still command a huge transfer fee this summer.

James Tavernier has been a disaster since coming back from Dubai, and Gerrard has probably shown too much loyalty to his captain. 

His defending can often be erratic and is found wanting with being out of position too often. But can still produce pinpoint crosses on occasions.

Tavernier certainly whipped in an accurate ball for George Edmundson to head home against Leverkusen.

Conner Goldson is not the bravest of centre halves and is another player who has made recent mistakes, but apparently is still Gerrard’s favourite.

Midfielders Glen Kamara and Steven Davis have both lost form at the same time, in this horrible second half of the SPFL season.

Centre half Nikola Katic was dropped by Gerrard after losing his good form, but the 23-year-old has the potential to be a big success at Ibrox.

The last 16 run in the Europa League has been the highlight of the season, apart from the enjoyable win at Celtic Park in the SPFL late December.

This Rangers squad performs better when playing against good footballing sides, as apposed to facing aerial battles with tenacious tackling teams.

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