Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told The Scotsman that Ryan Kent will not be rushed back into action after hobbling off in his first game back at the club.
The Light Blues manager confirmed that the £7 million man said before the 3-1 win over Livingston earlier this month that he was fine to play.
That obviously wasn’t the case, however, and Kent has missed games against St Johnstone, Feyenoord and Livingston in the League Cup.
It was seen as a real coup when Gerrard managed to lure the winger back to Ibrox after an impressive loan spell last season.
The boss will not be rushing him back this time around, however.
He told The Scotsman: “We will be sensible with him this time. Ryan is doing everything he can to get back but we need to wait and see how much training he does.
“The last time he told me he was totally fine and 100 per cent ready, he wasn’t!”
Rangers face Aberdeen tomorrow and Gerrard will hope to lead his team towards three points – without Kent who remains sidelined.
TBR Verdict – Gerrard right to play safe with Kent
When you spend £7 million on a player it is wise to ensure you do everything possible to get the best out of him.
On that basis, Gerrard must get it right the next time he chooses to unleash Kent.
It sounds from the quotes as though Kent might have told a little white lie, given his desperation to perform in front of thousands of supporters who clearly adore him,
He was influential last season and Rangers’ best chance of ending their fruitless few years without a trophy is with a fully fit Kent in their team.