Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hits back at Chris Sutton’s Celtic claim over Ryan Kent

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Steven Gerrard has dismissed Chris Sutton’s opinion over Rangers signing Ryan Kent.

Chris Sutton told the Daily Record earlier this week that: “The fear has kicked in at Ibrox.

“The signing of the talented Ryan Kent was down to sheer panic.”

Liverpool hero Gerrard has now hit back, mentioning their 2-0 defeat to the Hoops as irrelevant in transfer proceedings.

Gerrard said: “The Celtic defeat had nothing to do with it.

“We’d been trying to get Ryan Kent through the door from the moment he walked out the door. It wasn’t a reaction to losing.

“We had a board meeting the day before the Old Firm game where we discussed it and thankfully we got it done just in time but there were times through the transfer window when I didn’t think we’d get him in.

“We did everything we could and qualifying for Europe certainly helped the club fund the deal but the board have shown again they are very ambitious and want to try and get back to the top.”

Kent impressed on loan from Liverpool last season and went on to be named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.

The 22-year-old Englishman scored six league goals in 27 appearances last time out, and Gerrard is hoping he can make an impact in Europe.

He added: “There is much more to Ryan Kent than numbers. In terms of stats, you see his assists and goals and that’s the evidence he is ready to go.

“He is a player who really concerns opposition defenders and coaches.

“We experienced certain teams setting up in a way that showed they were really concerned about Ryan.

“Last season was his breakthrough year. He’d had positive and negative loans at other clubs previously after bursting onto the scene. He found it hard to break into the Liverpool squad.

“All the way through since we came back on June 15 the players have been saying ‘Is Ryan coming back?’, ‘We want Ryan back’, ‘Any news, any progress?’.

“Nobody wanted Ryan back more than the dressing room which was the reason, along with my confidence in him and knowing Ryan really well, we never left Liverpool alone.”

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