The Ibrox club are in Belgium to take on Jupiler Pro League side Union Saint-Gilloise in the third qualifying round of the competition.
In his pre-match press conference, Giovanni van Bronckhorst said that ‘a couple‘ of unnamed players were considered doubts for the game.
The club’s media partners Heart & Hand stated on Twitter that ‘Ryan Kent didn’t travel to Belgium’. They added that, while this match ‘comes too soon for him’, Rangers have indicated that ‘it’s not a serious injury’.
In better news for Van Bronckhorst, summer signings Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies are ‘in the squad‘ for tonight’s clash.
Even if it is a minor injury for Kent, this is definitely a blow to Rangers’ hopes of progression.
The 25-year-old is arguably the leading creative force in the team, having registered a whopping 20 assists in all competitions last season, three more than net-best creator James Tavernier.
Will Rangers qualify for the Champions League group stages?
The ex-Liverpool forward is already off the mark in that department for 2022/23, having teed up Scott Arfield’s equaliser against Livingston on Saturday. Indeed, his display at the Tony Macaroni Arena had Sky Sports and talkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara dubbing him a ‘baller‘.
If the £18,000-per-week winger is back for the second leg, perhaps he can swing the tie in Rangers’ favour if they don’t get the desired result tonight.
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