By Mike Slater

2nd Aug, 2022 | 7:15am

Chris Jack drops major Rangers injury updates on Ryan Kent and John Souttar, returns close already

Chris Jack has dropped major injury updates on Rangers duo Ryan Kent and John Souttar with both thought to not be serious blows at this stage.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has decided to leave both players at home ahead of the crucial first Champions League qualifying leg against Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday [02 August].

While there is no timescale given on Souttar, it is believed that Kent could be fine to take his spot back for the second matchday of the season against Kilmarnock this weekend.

Writing in his latest column for the Glasgow Times, Jack shared the latest on both injuries with nothing much thought to be serious at this stage.

“John Souttar has not travelled to Belgium and will not be part of the Champions League clash with USG on Tuesday night,” he wrote.

“He has a slight knock from the weekend’s action.

“Ryan Kent has also been left at home. The winger picked up an ankle knock during the weekend win over Livingston. The injury is not thought to be serious though and he could return to face Kilmarnock on Saturday.”

Precaution.

Both will be gutted to miss out on such a huge occasion, but if missing this one game means they can be fit and raring to go for the weekend and the return leg, then so be it.

Souttar will be glad to get out of the spotlight after a quite dramatic bunch of fans had him written off after one poor game in the famous jersey.

Kent was everywhere at the Tony Macaroni, and he will be used to these impact knocks given how much he is targeted and kicked by every opposing side.

Van Bronckhorst will be hoping that these two resting will have no impact on the result this evening, with a positive result all that is needed in the first leg.

We became somewhat the masters of two-legged European ties last season, so let’s hope we can take a win or at least a draw back to Ibrox next week to take through.

With Souttar and Kent back in the squad along with that incredible Ibrox atmosphere, it could be a long night.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer