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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst issue Ryan Kent fitness update

There has been an update regarding the fitness of Rangers forward, Ryan Kent…

What’s the word?

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League, second-leg, qualifying clash against Union Saint-Gilloise, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed that the winger will be part of the squad for the visit of the Belgian outfit, although it remains to be seen what his level of involvement will be.

The 47-year-old revealed, as per Football Scotland: “Ryan Kent is in the squad, as is Fashion Jr. Ryan, we will assess tomorrow and see his fitness level if he can get minutes.”

The former Liverpool man has been absent since picking up a knock in the opening day victory over Livingston, forcing him to miss last week’s first leg defeat as well as Saturday’s Scottish Premiership triumph over Kilmarnock.

Game-changing?

While it will come as a game-changing boost to have the 25-year-old fit again for what is a hugely important fixture in the club’s season, those at Ibrox will have to endure an anxious wait to see if he will be able to feature from the start – or at all – as the Old Firm outfit seek to overturn their two-goal deficit.

Van Bronckhorst’s men had been devoid of quality a week ago, although the return of Kent would no doubt aid in sparking an improved performance, with the £15.75m-rated gem a truly integral figure for the Scottish giants.

The £18k-per-week menace has chipped in with 30 goals and provided 49 assists in 175 games in all competitions since his arrival from Anfield four years ago, while notably registering 23 goal contributions across all fronts last term – including a club-high tally of 20 assists.

Even in his solitary outing of the season so far the Oldham-born speedster has already made his mark, helping to kickstart his side’s comeback win on the opening weekend away at Livingston after teeing up Scott Arfield to draw the visitors level.

Such moments of quality will be needed as the Glasgow side face the sizeable task ahead of them against Karel Geraets’ side, as they look to avoid another early exit from Europe’s premier competition, following last season’s disappointment against Malmo at the same stage.

A return to the group stage for the first time since 2010 is on the line – with a playoff tie against Monaco or PSV also standing in their way – with Rangers likely to need all the help they can get if they are to complete the improbable.

Having Kent in tow would no doubt be game-changing to their odds of progression, hence the anxious wait to see just what his involvement will be.

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