After his emotional Ibrox farewell on Wednesday night Barry Ferguson has ripped the Ryan Kent posters down from his bedroom wall and replaced them with Todd Cantwell!
Over the last year Ferguson has shared his mental torture over Kent with Daily Record readers, looking in detail at every sign while convincing himself that the former Liverpool starlet was going to sign a new contract to dd to his medal tally of two from five years of Step-Overs.
Logic suggested that Kent was about to quit, fortunately for the former Kelty Hearts boss a new hero as already arrived to provide false hope that Celtic’s trophy monopoly is about to end.
Cantwell knows the buttons to press, how to get the Gullible & Deluded onside.
Losing the SPFL title at Celtic Park in a 3-2 defeat followed by a 1-0 loss in the Scottish Cup Final highlighted how ineffective Cantwell is.
When it comes to dead-rubbers however there is no doubting the class and impact of the former Norwich starlet.
Opening up on his new hero, Ferguson tells Record readers:
For some time now there’s been a huge question mark hanging over Ibrox.
If Ryan Kent is on his way out of the club, then how can Michael Beale possibly replace a player of £7m quality this summer?
And I’m starting to reach the conclusion that he may have done it already. For absolute washers. Yes, it was emotional seeing Kent, Allan McGregor, Alfredo Morelos, Scotty Arfield and big Filip Helander all being given a guard of honour after the final home game of the season against Hearts.
And you could see it in Kent’s face as the fans sent him off with a chorus of his very own theme tune. But the more I see of this team the more it’s becoming clear that if there’s a Rangers player who is going to tear anyone apart from now on then it’s not Kent. It’s Todd. Todd Cantwell may not have arrived In Glasgow with the same kind of huge price tag or massive fanfare but he looks tailor made to take on Kent’s responsibilities as the creative talisman of this team.
As a matter of fact, he’s starting to look as if he might be an upgrade. With four goals in his last four games Cantwell has certainly added the kind of clinical finishing that Kent was often criticised for lacking.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not about having a pop at a player who I rated very highly and enjoyed watching perform in a Rangers shirt. I consider myself a Ryan Kent fan.
But I do see similarities between what Kent and Cantwell bring to the team and, from what I’ve seen over the last few weeks in particular, the new man compares favourably. Kent is naturally more of an out and out winger but, in Beale’s system, he was deployed more as old fashioned inside left.
OK, when he first arrived I was a little bit worried that he might be saying a bit too much for his own good. But now he’s doing his talking on the pitch as well and playing with a confident swagger. That annoys some people. But I love to see it.
This is Rangers Football Club we’re talking about. It’s a place that demands character. And Cantwell is full of it.
It isn’t just Cantwell that is full of it.