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Ryan Kent return can give Rangers European boost

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side have been doing well in the Europa League, and are on course to secure a spot in the knock out stages coming up after Christmas.

The Gers are in Group A, currently tied on 4 points with Sparta Prague, needing a 1-0 win in their upcoming game against the Czechs on November 25th to move forward in the competition.

Ryan Kent made his long-awaited return to the Rangers side against Brondby, following an injury he picked up against Lyon in the Europa League in September and followed that up with an impressive performance this weekend.

Kent, in his first start at Ibrox in nearly two months, scored a stunning strike in the comeback against Ross County, which saw the side take a 4-2 victory, with Gerrard singing the praises of the 24-year-old after the game.

Gerrard said: “He came back in a top place, looked really dangerous in midweek, and had a strong 60 minutes yesterday, his goal was world-class.”

Owen Hargreaves is also a big fan of the Rangers forward, and spoke highly of him on a BT Sport Highlights show, the former England midfielder said of Kent;

“Technically, he’s one of their best. Such an important player in goals and assists; direct, positive. Out for six weeks, you got a point to prove, hungry.”

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With 13 goals and 15 assists last season across all competitions, Kent has proved himself to be a really strong and key player for the Light Blues and clearly is a valued member of the squad due to his manager’s praise over the weekend.

There is no doubt that the return of the £12.6m-rated winger will give Rangers a much-needed boost in their Europa League efforts after the international break, especially with Sparta Prague plagued with injuries leading up to the make or break fixture.

Kent has spoken out ahead of the must-win Europa League game that Rangers must secure three points in the Czech capital in a few weeks time.

Speaking to Rangers TV, the forward said:

“Possibly the international break will give me some extended time to maybe work on a few more things like getting up to match speed. It will be an important period for me.”

“It sets up an exciting night in a few weeks, that’s what the Europa League is all about. These are exciting games that we come across and it’s really set up to be an exciting game against Sparta.”

Former Liverpool captain, Gerrard, is no stranger to stressful European nights himself, so there should be nobody better to lead the Scottish champions to success against Sparta in a few weeks time.

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