Former Celtic star Kris Commons has used Kristoffer Ajer’s excellent start to 2020 to point how poorly expensive Rangers signing Ryan Kent is performing, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (24/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20).
Ajer has netted two goals in his last three matches, helping Neil Lennon’s team maintain excellent wining form in the Scottish Premiership.
His winner against Aberdeen was a particular highlight, securing all three points in a match we could have easily drawn on another day.
For a defender, it’s not a bad contribution at all and only serves to highlight the lack of goals in the Rangers team this term.
Summer signing Ryan Kent hasn’t scored in his last eight matches and hasn’t created a single league assist in over a year.
For Sky Sports pundit Commons, it’s Rangers’ lack of attacking edge that has ensured they’ve fallen so behind in the title race, directly comparing the Ibrox winger’s drought to Ajer’s run of form.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (24/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20), he said: “Seriously, what’s he doing to justify his place in the team right now?
“Kent has scored just one solitary goal at Ibrox all season. Just let that sink in for a moment. Not what you expect from a £7million marquee signing, is it?
“In total, he has six league goals and zero assists. Celtic’s Kris Ajer has scored more goals since the turn of the year and he’s a centre-half.
“Kent is bringing nothing to the table at the moment. For a winger to be playing for a club like Rangers and have no assists at this stage of the season is a pitiful return.”
Attack, attack, attack
Goals aren’t something that Lennon’s team are struggling with right now. Ajer is not the only one finding joy hitting the back of the net.
In fact, since the return from the winter break there have been a massive 11 different goalscorers for Celtic. Combined they’ve rattled in an unbelievable 33 goals in 11 matches in all competitions.
From defence through midfield into the striking areas, Celtic don’t have much of a problem taking chances right now.
Red hot talents like Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths are hitting top form and forming a flourishing partnership at the perfect stage of the season.
It’s certainly been a team effort of late and, hopefully, our players continue to show up those across the city not quite living up to the hype.