Rangers winger Ryan Kent believes that his side’s 4-2 league win over Aberdeen last night should convince any doubters that they are still very much in the title race.
The Light Blues were never behind in the contest at Pittodrie thanks to a brace of first-half goals from Alfredo Morelos and a James Tavernier penalty which put them 3-1 up at half-time.
Although the Dons scored first after the break through Sam Cosgrove’s own spot kick, Jermain Defoe confirmed victory with an injury time strike.
The win was marred by Alfredo Morelos earning his fourth red card of the season – his third against Aberdeen – for stamping on defender Scott McKenna, who also received his marching orders for retaliating.
However, with Celtic beating Hibernian 2-0 at the same time, the Bhoys are still six points clear at the top of the table.
Nevertheless, Kent, on loan at Ibrox from Liverpool, suggested that this win was an important one for Rangers, who remain the Bhoy’s closest challengers.
The 22-year-old assisted two of the goals as Rangers beat Aberdeen for the first time this season – after defeats in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup.
“It sends out a big message,” Kent told The Press and Journal.
“Aberdeen have got the better of us on a couple of occasion this season and we felt as if we owed them one.
“It was a very difficult night. We were terrific in the first half and looked dangerous every time we were on the ball.
“In the second half it was very difficult.
“I felt dangerous and could make something happen in the first half but I had to defend a lot more in the second half.”
Next up for Rangers as they to keep up the pressure on Celtic is the visit of St Johnstone this weekend before they also play Hamilton Academicals and Dundee FC before the end of the month.