By Doug Ward

22nd Oct, 2021 | 11:40am

Ryan Kent ruled out of Rangers clash v St Mirren

Ryan Kent has been ruled out of Rangers’ clash against St Mirren on Sunday as he continues to recover from injury.

Kent, 24, hasn’t played for the Light Blues since the 2-0 defeat to Lyon in the Europa League over a month ago.

While he won’t be available to play at St Mirren Park this weekend, Steven Gerrard confirmed on Friday that the ex-Liverpool winger is likely to be in contention to face Aberdeen at Ibrox next Wednesday.

“It’s a big day for Ryan Jack as he is back with the team in training for the first time in months,” said Gerrard, as quoted on Rangers’ Twitter account on Friday morning.

“Ryan Kent, we are hoping to have available in and around the Aberdeen game or just slightly after.”

While there’s good news about Ryan Jack and semi-good news about Kent, Leon Balogun is a doubt for the match at St Mirren but his injury from the win over Brondby doesn’t sound serious.

“We will give him every chance for the weekend, a doubt but not ruled out for not,” said Gerrard.

Good news

While it’s likely that Jack, Kent and Balogun will all be missing against St Mirren, it’s a game that we should be able to get through without them.

Aberdeen haven’t had a great start to the season but we’ve always got to be a bit wary of them and having Kent back for that game is huge.

Jack might be a couple more weeks away from returning due to his match fitness but it’s amazing to hear he’s finally back in training with the rest of the squad after months of injury hell.

As for Balogun, we need him back. But again, we should be able to get through a match against St Mirren without the Nigeria defender, who suffered an injury versus Brondby on Thursday.

Rangers were very impressive in the Europa League this week and hopefully it’s a sign that Gerrard’s men have clicked into gear.

It’s taken them a while to produce an impressive performance like that but there are still a couple of concerns.

Alfredo Morelos is completely off the boil and Borna Barisic is still struggling to impress.

But players like Joe Aribo, Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe and Steven Davis are doing a lot better and they should be able to carry us through sticky patches until the rest of their teammates improve.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has been raving about this player’s response to “unsavoury” scenes at Ibrox.