End product of Rangers ace Kent is ‘nothing in comparison’ to Celtic star Abada
Liel Abada helped Celtic claim a 4-0 win at home to Glasgow rivals Rangers in the Old Firm derby this Saturday, with the forward striking two goals in the top-of-the-table encounter.
The Israel international broke the deadlock at Parkhead with an eighth-minute effort into the far corner of Jon McLaughlin’s goal. He then doubled his personal tally on 40 minutes, following Jota adding to the scoreline and before David Turnbull would tuck home late on.
McLaughlin would have been frustrated to see Abada’s first goal nestle into the back of his net, having got a glove to the strike. And the Rangers shot-stopper, again, could have done better to keep the 20-year-old out nearing half-time as the effort flashed between his legs.
Two goals in an Old Firm derby win moves Abada onto six from six Premiership outings this season so far. He had struck a hat-trick last Sunday to help Celtic smash Dundee United 9-0 on the road, in what was the eight-cap international’s first top-flight start of the campaign.
Kent, meanwhile, enjoyed flashes during the first-half as the Rangers winger threatened to cause Celtic issues. But he too often lacked the final touch to get the Gers back into the tie. Ultimately, he ended the day without a big moment for his early hunger to get on the ball.
Kent still yet to score in any competition so far this season to Abada’s six
No goals in the Old Firm derby also ensured Kent remains without a strike to his name over three Premiership games and three Champions League qualifiers this season. The 25-year-old also remains on three assists – creating one at Livingston and two against Ross County.
Kent failing to further his tallies for goals or assists saw former Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart reflect on how the Rangers star’s Celtic counterpart, Abada, has the greater threat at the top of the pitch, despite the Hoops’ £3.5m man being the one who lacks overall skill.
“Ryan Kent has got a lot more technical ability than Liel Abada,” Stewart stated during the Old Firm derby, whilst speaking on BBC Sportsound. “But his end product is nothing in comparison to Abada. He’s a constant threat and he knows how to hurt the opposition.”