By Pranav Shahaney

27th Aug, 2021 | 11:08am

Ryan Kent missed Alashkert clash due to hamstring niggle

Rangers were unable to call on Ryan Kent’s services for the Alashkert clash as he did not travel with the squad as a precaution, according to Jordan Campbell.

The Athletic journalist reports that Kent is having some troubles with his hamstring and was left out as the club did not want to aggravate whatever discomfort he felt in his leg.

Via his personal Twitter account, Campbell said, “Ryan Kent is also understood not to have travelled as a precaution while managing an injury, believed to be a hamstring niggle.”

Need players to call upon

Rangers got the job done on Thursday, albeit by hanging on to dear life in the final stages, but their focus will now be on Sunday when they take on their rivals Celtic.

With James Tavernier set to miss out through Covid-19, the onus will be on the other senior players to step up and be the loud voices inside the dressing room.

Mental fortitude is everything going into games like these and the absence of Tavernier is bound to be felt by the Gers players.

However, the fans and Steven Gerrard will be hoping that Kent overcomes his niggle and makes himself fit in time for the game on Sunday.

While the attacker has not enjoyed the best of starts to the new season, the opposition are on the back foot whenever he’s in the starting eleven and Celtic may be more confident if they don’t see Kent’s name on the team sheet an hour prior to kick-off.

We’re sure that the Old Firm derby will be a more entertaining encounter than the arduous Thursday night game against Alashkert.

In other Rangers news, Callum McGregor speaks to Sky Sports about Old Firm derby