Boyd blown away by 'phenomenal' Rangers ace in Team of the Season pick, names Celtic player who would run riot at Ibrox

Sky Sports pundits Kris Boyd and Andy Walker have both opted heavily for Rangers’ title-winning side in their Scottish Premiership team of the season picks.
Ryan Kent of Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Ryan Kent of Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Ryan Kent of Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers are currently 20 points clear at the summit of the table, and are still yet to be beaten in the league this term.

Understandably, their dominance is reflected in the opinions of both Boyd and Walker, who have been speaking to Sky Sports News.

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The former named nine Ibrox players in his XI, with the latter selecting seven of Steven Gerrard’s squad.

Both pundits were in agreement over Allan McGregor being goalkeeper of the season, while James Tavernier, Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson, Steven Davis, Joe Aribo, and Ryan Kent also made the cut in both teams.

Boyd also named Filip Helander and Glen Kamara, with Walker preferring Kristoffer Ajer and David Turnbull in the centre of defence and midfield respectively.

Focusing in on Ryan Kent’s influence in particular, Boyd said: "Then there's Ryan Kent, who is phenomenal - he gets you off your seat.

"His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat.

"He is so comfortable with the ball - it is like has superglue in his boots!"

Walker echoed his colleague’s sentiments, adding: "Ryan Kent can turn a game so quickly.

"He can be on the right-hand side, cut in, and crash a shot into the left corner and he can do the same from the other side. He can go either way and is so comfortable and can generate as much power with either foot.

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"If you get him in the last third, something will happen, and that's why he's in the team."

Elsewhere, the duo were in agreement over who should lead the line, with both opting for Odsonne Edouard over Alfredo Morelos.

Boyd said: "There is no getting away from the fact Odsonne Edouard is the best striker in the league. I'd always have the top goal scorer in my team.

"What Alfredo Morelos does for Rangers is brilliant but if Edouard was in that team, Rangers would be beating teams 3-0 or 4-0 every week."

Walker was quick to praise the Frenchman too, adding: "Celtic have had a rotten season but Odsonne Edouard is still the top goal scorer in Scotland.

"He has all the ability, great close control, can move his feet so quickly and happy to go right or left to get a shot away.

"I think he is one that will go onto have a terrific career."

Boyd’s only non-Old Firm selection was Hibernian man Martin Boyle, who has hit 11 goals and seven assists in the league this season.

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Walker also broke his Glaswegian duopoly with a Hibs forward, but instead picked Kevin Nisbet.

Speaking about the 24-year-old, he said: “He can link the play, he is good with his back to goal, he finishes things off but can also sets things up - he is very much a team player.

"He's managed to get himself involved in the international scene with Scotland too and has shown how effective he can be in this successful Hibs side."

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