Rangers reaction: Antonio Colak’s nice gesture, PSV sheds light on the Ibrox club, Ryan Kent’s point of no return

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Rangers’ Antonio Colak can’t bear to deal with another chance will beg against St Johnstone (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)

Kent does not answer

James Brown grabbed headlines for his superb first-half goal, but he also helped make the afternoon difficult for Ryan Kent. The winger has recently been in the spotlight for a series of disappointing performances. He was much better last weekend in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen and many thought he might have turned the corner. However, another tasteless performance against Ajax midway through last week – he wasn’t alone there – meant his performance here was being closely watched. There wasn’t much to examine – he was barely involved.

Brown, who played at right-back, has been patrolling it well alongside right centre-back Ryan McGowan and he appears to be reaching the tipping point when it comes to Kent’s standing among Rangers fans. He was badly below par again in a game where he should really tear it up for the sum Rangers paid for the Liverpool winger. His own manager pretty much said he had to show more in the Sunday papers. Well, there was little evidence that he had answered that challenge.

Alex Mitchell

The 21-year-old St Johnstone centre-half was flawless in the center of defense for the hosts, although that helps when you have veterans like McGowan and Andrew Considine on either side of you. But Mitchell has been impressing in the heart of the St Johnstone backline for weeks, as he lured a scout from Millwall to McDiarmid Park to assess how the player is doing (he is on loan from the London club). Manager Callum Davidson didn’t seem too worried afterwards. “I know the scout, so all is well!” said Davidson, who is of course a former assistant manager at Millwall.

Antonio Colak gets shy

Rangers need a new No 9. Or at least they need a new No 9 shirt. a certain generosity of spirit detected. At the end of the game, Antonio Colak, who it must be said that he had been disappointing throughout, rushed to a supporter in the North stand and handed him his jersey. At least someone in the Rangers contingent wasn’t leaving empty-handed. It was a nice gesture. It must have been very easy for Colak to slip away.

PSV winners in the ‘Rangers derby’

It is perhaps strange that an Eredivisie result is of great interest to Rangers fans. But yesterday’s result at the Johan Cruyff Arena, home of Ajax of course, surely raised eyebrows. Ajax, who have twice beaten Rangers in their Champions League group by an aggregate score of 7-1, were beaten 2-1 at home by PSV Eindhoven, who were of course eliminated in the play-offs of the Champions League by the Ibrox team. Strangely, it’s possible to date the start of Rangers’ current problems to that time. Football is really confusing sometimes.

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