Rangers return to Scottish Premiership action this day with a clash against St Mirren at Ibrox, and Steven Gerrard will be on the lookout for Ryan Kent to devote a dazzling display.

The Gers have reemerged in the winter break somewhat understrength. The continuing absence of Filip Helander is not currently a huge problem given the kind of Nikola Katic, but in Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier, two important men are missing.

Add to that the lack of Greg Stewart, along with the director are short of attacking options.

Jermain Defoe performed exceptionally well over the first portion of the year and is already off the mark in 2020 after his punishment against Stranraer. However, all of the pressure should not be resting on his shoulders.

The Buddies are most likely to sit down deep in the off and ask Rangers to work hard. It is going to take invention and pace to break them down, and also the club second-most expensive player of all time, Kent, has both.

Generally speaking, when matched, he is delivered because his Deadline Day move from Liverpool.

He has five goals and three assists in all contests [Transfermarkt] and finished 2019 on a top with a gorgeous finish in the 2-1 victory over Celtic at Parkhead.

St Mirren might have a dire record away from home, with only four points from a possible 30 so far this year, but they’re no mugs and a slip-up tonight could be catastrophic for the Gers.

If the people can make it through the first half an hour unscathed, their view is only going to grow.

That is why it’s vital that the winger works well in tandem with Borna Barisic, takes on defenders and seems to fashion chances for both himself and his teammates.

If he does these things, it is going to make three points a lot easier to secure.