RANGERS‘ on-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent reckons Celtic will be worried before the final Premiership meeting between the sides at Ibrox on Sunday.

The Hoops go into the match a week after claiming their eighth successive title with the 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Pittdodrie.

However, Kent believes Steven Gerrard’s men can at least match their 1-0 win in December and insists the Gers were the better team at Parkhead in March when they lost 2-1.

A goal four minutes from time by James Forrest have Neil Lennon’s men the points after Kent had equalised Odsonne Edouard’s first-half opener.

In a stormy confrontation, controversial Colombian Alfredo Morelos was red-carded after hitting Scott Brown in the face with his elbow.

Kent, whose temporary transfer expires next month, punched the Hoops skipper on the jaw in the immediate aftermath of Forrest’s points-clincher.

The 22-year-old flanker, who won the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the weekend, is convinced the Light Blues will put down a marker for next season in the fourth Old Firm encounter of the campaign.

Kent, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “I think we’ve probably done that already when we beat them in the first game at Ibrox, the first league win over them since 2012.

“The style with which we went about it that day was important, too, because we totally dominated them for the whole game.

“Then, at Parkhead, we were under the cosh in the first-half due to going a man down, but in the second-half we were the much better team with only 10 men and we were unfortunate to concede a late goal that day.

“I think everyone is aware of Rangers’ capabilities and what we can do. It would be nice to sign off with another goal against Celtic – to be honest, I’d like to have scored a few more goals than I have done this season, even though I’ve already scored more than in any other season. I’ll keep trying to improve that side of my game.

“Every game we’ve played this season we’ve tried to be dominant, but it’s particularly important for us to take the three points this weekend because it’ll show the intent that Rangers have for next

“Liverpool may be going for the title and the Champions League but Rangers has been my only focus. I’ve given them 100 per cent of my concentration and I haven’t looked too far forward or thought about where I might be next season and I think that helped me to win the award.

”It would be good to finish on a high against them. We’ve had a good season, albeit without winning silverware, but getting a result against the league winners this weekend would top it off for us.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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